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Eastern Kentucky Posts 4-0 Win Over Liberty
Eastern Kentucky received a three-hit shutout from pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger, defeating Liberty, 4-0, Saturday at Twin Creeks Park in Woodstock, Ga.
The Lady Flames are now 0-2 following day one of the KSU Classic, while the Colonels even their record at 1-1 on the season.
Liberty's Sammi Shivock, Blair Lawrence and Amber Donovan all went 1-for-3, while Grace Nordan drew two walks. Katie Han recorded 12 putouts in the field for the Lady Flames.
Chandler Ball (0-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits before Alyssa DiMartino got the final out of the seventh. Ball had a five-hit shutout going through five innings before EKU scored its first run.
Haley Schenasi went 1-for-2 and provided the game-winning hit, a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Lauren Mitchell and Darcy Schueler had two hits apiece for EKU.
Pittsenbarger (1-0) struck out 12 Lady Flames, walked three and gave up three hits while going the distance.
Liberty had the first strong scoring chance of the afternoon, loading the bases in the third inning. Walks to Jill Stephens and Nordan, along with a single by Lawrence, filled the bases. Pittsenbarger got of the jam by striking out Donovan for the third out.
Ball worked out of a bases-loaded jam of her own in the top of the fifth. With the bases full and one out, Christina Ciolek popped out and then Katie Tackett flied out to deep left, leaving the game scoreless after four and a half frames.
Shivock led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was erased by a fielder's choice at third to end the inning.
A two-out single by Scheuler put two EKU runners on base in the sixth frame. Schenasi then sent a 3-2 offering over the fence, giving the Colonels a 3-0 advantage.
Nordan walked as the first batter in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lady Flames were unable to drive her home.
EKU tacked on a seventh-inning insurance run, as a Mitchell single plated Nicole Heitz for the Colonels' fourth run. The Lady Flames went 1-2-3 during their final time at the plate, and Eastern Kentucky sealed the 4-0 victory.
Liberty will play twice tomorrow, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. contest against SIU Edwardsville, the team's third straight opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) to open the year. The Lady Flames will then take on IUPUI at 1 p.m. to finish their stay in Woodstock, Ga.