Just as it did in Friday's 8-0 win, West Virginia got on the board early against the Flames, but that was the only resemblance to the opening game of the series as the Mountaineers were rolled in the second game of the set.
Shortstop Taylor Munden led off with a double and scored on Ryan McBroom's sacrifice fly to give WVU a 1-0 lead, but this time the Mountaineers couldn't make the early advantage stand up. Libery matched the run in the bottom of the first and scored two more in the third to take a 3-1 lead, and things stayed there until the top of the seventh, when Munden again delivered, this time with an RBI single to drive in Matt Frazer. Again, however, the Flames responded, this time with a two-run single to push the lead to 5-2. Liberty then salted the game away with a three-run double in the eighth.
As has been the case in most every Mountaineer game this year, pitching told the tale. WVU starter Corey Walter was o.k. through six innings, but couldn't get out of the seventh, and departed after 6 1/3 innings of work in which he gave up five earned runs. Walter yielded just one walk, but took the loss after allowing eight hits. Relievers Corey Holmes and Jared Hill each allowed two additional runs in two-thirds of an inning of work.
On the opposite side, Liberty starter Brooks Roy gave up five hits and walked four, but managed to work out of a couple of jams while stranding seven Mountaineer baserunners. Reliever Josh Richardson closed things down with two solid innings of relief.
Munden continued his solid series with a pair of hits and and RBI, and Matt Frazer worked a pair of walks, but WVU could not string enough hits together to put up the big innings that it did on Friday.
The two teams, with identical 19-17 records, close out the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. John Means is the scheduled starter for West Virginia.