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Lady Flames Rally for 8-4 Win Over NCCU
Liberty scored four runs in the sixth inning, providing the winning margin in an 8-4 Lady Flames victory over N.C. Central on Saturday at Parkwood Athletic Field.
The Lady Flames improve to 6-7 on the season, winning for the third game in a row, while N.C. Central falls to a 1-14 on the campaign. The Eagles struggled in the field, committing five errors.
Kenzie Friesen (1-0) picked up her first career win, allowing just one hit while striking out five batters in three innings of relief. Friesen's career-high five strikeouts tie a team single-game season high. Starting pitcher Chandler Ball allowed four runs on five hits in four innings of work.
N.C. Central's London Booker (1-9) yielded eight runs, three earned, on eight hits, while going the distance.
Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny both went 2-for-4 for the Lady Flames, with Shivock tallying two RBIs and Zavodny scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Holly Seiz also drove in a pair of runs.
Six different Eagles recorded one hit apiece, while Matha Batie drove in two runs.
Liberty got on the board quickly, tallying one run in the bottom of the first inning. Zavodny singled and stole second to lead off the game. Shivock launched a two-out double to plate Zavodny and give Liberty a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Flames tacked on a run in the bottom of the third inning. Two errors by NCCU put runners on the corners. Shivock then drove in Blair Lawrence with a squeeze bunt.
During the fourth inning, Liberty doubled its lead once again. With one out and two on base, Megan Robinson scored on a throwing error by the third baseman. Jill Stephens then scored on a double-steal play, making it 4-0, Lady Flames.
Brittingham allowed just one hit during the first four innings, baffling the NCCU hitters. Then, in the top of the fifth inning, N.C. Central rallied to tie the score. Angelique Perricelli opened the scoring for the Eagles with an RBI single. Batie then drove in a pair when she singled to center. With two outs, Amber Kirkland sent a single to center, knotting the score at 4-4.
Friesen struck out the side in the top of the sixth inning, setting the stage for Liberty's rally. Kelsey McCoy hit a single to open bottom half of the inning. An error and a single by Zavodny loaded the bases with nobody out. Seiz came through with a one-out, two-RBI single, and Zavodny scored on a throwing error during the play, boosting Liberty's lead to 7-4. Nordan then plated Seiz with a single, making it 8-4.
Friesen pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to seal Liberty's 8-4 victory.