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Liberty Bats Erupt in 16-3 Win at NCCU
Liberty exploded for a season-high 16 runs and 14 hits, downing the host N.C. Central Eagles, 16-3, in five innings, during game two of a doubleheader on Sunday at Parkwood Athletic Field.
With the win, Liberty evens its record at 8-8, while NCCU is now 1-16 on the season. Liberty's 16 runs on Sunday were its most since a 16-3 victory over Hampton, April 19, 2011. The Lady Flames also connected for a season-high five doubles.
Amber Donovan went 4-for-4 with two doubles and career highs of five RBIs and three runs scored. Katie Han drove in a career-high four runs, while Sammi Shivock went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kassidy McCoy and Megan Robinson both registered two hits, while 10 different Lady Flames crossed the plate.
Angelique Perricelli went 2-for-2 with two runs scored for NCCU. The Eagles recorded five errors on the day, leading to 10 unearned runs total.
Kenzie Friesen (2-0) picked up her second win of the season, yielding one unearned run on two hits in three innings of work during her first career start. Alyssa DiMartino pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
Bianka Molina (0-6) took the loss, allowing 16 runs, six earned on 13 hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
The Lady Flames scored in each of the first four innings, beginning with a run in the opening frame. Donovan singled with one out and went to second on a groundout. Shivock followed with a single to plate her.
Liberty added three runs in the second inning. The Lady Flames loaded the bases on singles by McCoy and Robinson and a walk to Zavodny. Donovan then sent a bases-clearing double down the right field line, good for a 4-0 Lady Flames lead.
The visitors tacked on another three runs during top of the third. A McCoy double put runners on second and third with one out. Han then reached on an error, with McCoy and Grace Nordan scoring on the play. Stephens plated Han with an RBI groundout to make it, 7-0.
N.C. Central got on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Perricelli led off the inning with a double, and scored when Martha Batie was erased at second after reaching on an error.
Liberty broke the game wide open with a nine-run fourth inning, capitalizing on four NCCU errors during the frame. Donovan scored Liberty's first run of the inning on a double steal, and Shivock followed with an RBI double. After a pair of errors loaded the bases, Han emptied them with a three-run triple for a 12-1 advantage. Donovan gave Liberty a 14-1 lead with a two-run double, and a two-base error yielded the Lady Flames' 15th and 16th runs of the game.
Alyssa DiMartino entered the circle for the Lady Flames in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on second and two outs, Markell Wylie recorded an RBI double for NCCU's second run.
Perricelli led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, and moved to second on an error by shortstop Nordan. Regina Diaz then sent an RBI double down the right field line, making it 16-3. DiMartino worked out of the jam, getting the next three batters out in order to end the contest.
The Lady Flames will next travel to Orlando, Fla., for a midweek game against UCF on Wednesday. Game time for Wednesday's contest between the Lady Flames and Knights is set for 6:30 p.m., at the UCF Softball Complex.