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Chattanooga Tops Lady Flames, 3-1
Liberty scored in the first inning for the second game in a row, before the Chattanooga Mocs tallied three unanswered runs to down the Lady Flames, 3-1, Friday at the National Training Center.
With the win, UTC improves its record to 2-0 on the season, while the Lady Flames are 0-2 heading into tonight's game against Bethune-Cookman.
Chattanooga's Cori Jennings (1-0) fashioned a two-hitter, allowing one run while striking out 11 batters.
Julia DiMartino, making her first career start, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, fanning seven and walking four.
Jordan Fortel went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI, while Anyssa Robles batted 1-for-2 with a double.
A one-out walk and an error gave the Mocs two first-inning baserunners, before DiMartino retired the next two hitters.
Liberty loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning, on two errors and a walk. With one out, McCoy reached on a fielder's choice, as a Chattanooga throwing error allowed Taylor to score. Jennings retired the final two batters on a strikeout and groundout.
Following a six-batter second inning, Chattanooga jumped ahead with a two-run third inning. Sam Taylor singled with one out. Following a sacrifice bunt, Fortel lined a go-ahead homer to left center. DiMartino got the final out via a popout.
DiMartino got the first two Mocs batters out in the top of the fifth, before an error extended the inning. Fortel then came through with an RBI double, making it 3-1.
Jennings retired 13 Lady Flames in a row, spanning the first through fifth innings. Taylor then doubled, and went to third on a wild pitch. Jennings struck out Zavodny to escape the inning.
The Lady Flames threatened in the bottom of the sixth, with the first two batters reaching, via an error and an Amader single. Kassidy McCoy then moved both runners ahead with a sacrifice bunt. Liberty's rally derailed, as Robertson was picked off of third, and Jennings fanned Katie Han.
DiMartino tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning, bringing the Lady Flames to the plate for the last time. However, Jennings sealed the win with a three-batter final stanza that included two strikeouts.