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Liberty Falls to UNC Wilimington, 3-1
The Liberty softball team, looking to go 2-0 on the day, saw its comeback attempt fall just short in a 3-1 setback to UNC Wilmington, Saturday at Parkwood Athletic Field.
Liberty (6-8) went 1-1 on Saturday, downing North Carolina Central, 8-4, before falling to UNC Wilmington (10-12). The Seahawks posted a 2-1 record at NCCU Eagle Challenge, which concludes tomorrow with a doubleheader between Liberty and N.C. Central.
Megan Robinson went 2-for-3 with one run scored to lead the Lady Flames, registering her first collegiate multiple-hit game. Katie Zavodny batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and also recorded her 16th stolen base of the season.
Annah Jo Brittingham (3-3) drew the loss, yielding three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched, fanning four Seahawks. Chandler Ball then pitched the final 1 2/3 inning of one-hit relief.
For the Seahawks, Casey Rowland tossed a three-hitter, allowing one unearned run while registering 10 strikeouts in the complete game.
A total of seven Seahawks recorded one hit apiece. Jordan Critcher hit her third homer of the season, while Lauryn Buckworth and Jessica Rappe both hit doubles.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning, when UNC Wilmington jumped ahead with a pair of tallies. Rowland led off with a walk, and reached second on a sacrifice bunt. After stealing third, she scored on a groundout. Buckworth doubled, and then scored when KC Shue sent a single to left field.
UNC Wilmington added onto its lead when Critcher homered over the fence in left field with two outs in the top of the fourth, making it 3-0.
Rowland continued to hold Liberty off the scoreboard, stranding Sammi Shivock at third with a strikeout to close the fifth inning.
The Lady Flames broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Robinson led off with a single, Liberty's first hit of the game. Zavodny later singled, and Robinson scored on a throwing error on the play, making it 3-1. A two-out walk to Shivock loaded the bases. Nordan then sent a hard one-hopper that Rowland scooped up and threw to home for the out, ending the inning.
UNC Wilmington threatened in the top of the seventh, putting runners on second and third, but Ball got Buckworth to fly out to left and end the threat.
With two outs and the Lady Flames down to their last strike, Robinson slashed a singled to right field to keep the game alive. Stephens then grounded out to second base and UNC Wilmington closed out the 3-1 victory.
The Lady Flames conclude their time in Durham tomorrow, playing a doubleheader against the host Eagles. Tomorrow's first game between Liberty and N.C. Central begins at 1 p.m. at Parkwood Athletic Field.