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Lady Flames Race Past La Salle, 10-2
Liberty scored 10 unanswered runs, defeating the La Salle Explorers, 10-2, in five innings, Friday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
All nine Lady Flames batters recorded at least one hit, as Liberty racked up 15 base hits.
Liberty (10-11) won its second straight game to begin the Liberty Softball Classic. The Lady Flames take on Rhode Island tonight. La Salle falls to 3-8 after splitting a pair of games on Friday.
Jaclyn Amader went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Mickey Loveridge recorded three hits, driving in three runs. Sarah Robertson batted 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while Tori Zavodny batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Kassidy McCoy and Deidra See both doubled. The Lady Flames stole a season-high six bases.
Suzanne Swanicke went 1-for-2 with two RBI for La Salle, while Valerie Pineiro doubled.
Liberty's Julia DiMartino (3-4) earned the victory, yielding two runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking two.
Marlo Roadcap (0-3) drew the lost, allowing five runs on seven hits with one walk in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Val Buehler gave up two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning. Mary Cate Scott gave up three runs, two earned on five hits in one inning of work.
La Salle took a quick, 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Mackenzie Obert singled with one out, and Christina Bascara walked. Following a groundout, Swanicke came through with a two-run single.
DiMartino struck out the side during the second inning, extending her strikeout streak to four straight batters.
See hit a two-out double to left in the second, before Reynolds popped out to second.
The Lady Flames went ahead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. With nobody on, the Lady Flames scored five runs on six hits, as Loveridge started the scoring with a two-run single. A McCoy double, Zavodny triple and Reynolds single pushed the Lady Flames' lead to 5-2. Buehler entered the circle in relief of Roadcap, getting the final out.
La Salle threatened to score in the fourth frame, as Pineiro hit a leadoff double and went to third on a groundout. DiMartino then struck out Emma Schweigert before getting Reis to fly out.
Liberty boosted its advantage to 8-2 with a three-run fourth. Robertson singled, and Amader followed with an RBI double. With runners on second and third, McCoy hit a sacrifice fly, as Amader scored during the double play. Zavodny then bunted for a base hit and stole second. She scored when See reached on an error, making it 8-2.
The first two Explorers reached during the top of the fifth, before DiMartino retired the next three batters to maintain the six-run lead.
The host Lady Flames put the game out of reach, scoring twice in the fifth inning. After loading the bases, Amader and Loveridge hit back-to-back RBI singles, ending the game via run rule.