LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty scored 10 combined runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings Friday night and rapped out 19 hits to take an 11-2 win over Gardner-Webb in the opener of a three-game Big South Conference series.


The Flames (30-12, 13-3 Big South) increased their hold on second place in the league and snapped a three-game win streak for Gardner-Webb (20-21, 7-9 Big South).


GWU broke up the shutout with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, with Daniel Merck and Benji Jackson driving in runs. Merck (2-for-4) finished with a pair of Gardner-Webb’s five hits.


Liberty got a complete-game effort from lefty Sean Tuefel, who fanned eight, walked one and allowed just five hits – including only one for extra bases, a Merck double in the fourth. Tuefel is the son of former Major League player Tim Tuefel.


Curran Redal led the Flames’ offense, going 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base.


Freshman Conner Scarborough (1-5) took the loss, allowing nine earned runs and 14 hits in 5.0 innings of work. Lefty Kyle Paeplow finished the game, allowing just one earned run in 3.0 innings on the mound, allowing the Diamond ‘Dogs to rest their bullpen for the final two games in the series.


Aaron Miller (1-for-3) and Kurt Fulginiti (1-for-4) also had hits for Gardner-Webb in the game.


The two teams will resume the series on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 in Lynchburg.