Righthanders Trey Lambert and Ashton Perritt combined to allow only one of 13 baserunners to score in Liberty’s 3-1 win over #17 Clemson in the Columbia Regional in front of 5,464 fans at Carolina Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Flames, who upped their regional record to 2-1, improved to 36-28 on the season. The Tigers, who were 1-2 in the regional, ended their season with a 40-22 record.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but squandered an opportunity to add to their lead later in the frame. The Flames responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good and held on for the two-run victory.
Lambert (8-3) earned the win by tossing 7.2 strong innings. He yielded seven hits, one run, and two walks with one strikeout. Perritt pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to record his 10th save of the year. The two Flame pitchers combined to allow six Tiger leadoff batters to reach base, but held Clemson to 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base, including eight in scoring position.