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Liberty Falls to No. 20/21 Tulsa in 5 Innings
The Liberty softball team opened the Courtyard Marriott Tournament against No. 20/21 Tulsa, Friday at Oklahoma's Marita Hynes Stadium. The Golden Hurricane posted a 23-1, five-inning victory over the Lady Flames.
With the win, its fifth in a row, Tulsa improves to 17-2 on the season. The Lady Flames now hold a 2-16 record after sustaining its 11th setback in a row.
The Golden Hurricane recorded 23 runs on 24 hits, recording three errors, while the Lady Flames scored one run on three hits, with five errors.
Jill Barrett, Catherine Horner and Jodi Edmiston registered three hits each for Tulsa, with Edmiston, Horner and Jocelyn Sheffield all homering. Five additional Tulsa batters had two hits apiece.
Liberty's Sammi Shivock went 2-for-2 on the day, while Blair Lawrence also singled. Hanna Nichols scored a run and Katie Han posted one RBI. Katie Zavodny stole her team-leading 13th base of the season.
Caitlin Sill (5-2) picked up the complete-game win, allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts.
Annah Jo Brittingham (1-9) pitched the first four innings, before Grace Nordan came on to pitch the fifth inning.
Tulsa jumped ahead early, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits during the top of the first inning.
Zavodny led off Liberty's half of the first, reaching on an error. She then stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Sill struck out Nichols, keeping Zavodny at third.
The Golden Hurricane rallied with two outs during the second stanza, adding a run when Barrett hit an RBI single to center. A fielder's choice then ended the inning.
Sill worked around a leadoff single by Shivock in the second to maintain the shutout.
Tulsa scored three times in the third, with Horner hitting a two-run single and another run scoring on an error.
The Golden Hurricane made the score 20-0 with a six-run fourth inning, with Edmiston and Horner hitting back-to-back home runs.
Liberty got on the scoreboard during the bottom of the fourth. After Nichols was hit by a pitch, Shivock sent her to third with a single. Han then drove a ball to the wall in left, scoring Nichols with a sacrifice fly.
Nordan then entered the circle for the Lady Flames, and Tulsa scored three runs during the frame to boost its edge to 23-1.
Sill pitched a 1-2-3 fifth frame to bring the game to a close.
The Lady Flames next take on defending national champion, No. 19/13 Oklahoma, this afternoon at 4:30 ET.