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USF Records 5-0 Shutout of Lady Flames
The Liberty softball team entered Friday's game looking to end USF's 11-game winning streak. However, a two-hitter by Lindsey Richardson and timely hitting led the host Bulls to a 5-0 win over the Lady Flames, at the USF Softball Stadium.
USF is now 18-10 after winning its 12th consecutive game, while the Lady Flames' record stands at 8-11 following three straight setbacks.
Katie Zavodny hit 2-for-2 and added a walk, stretching her hitting streak to 11 games, while also registering her 20th and 21st stolen bases of the season. Zavodny is now the first player in program history to post two seasons with 20 or more stolen bases. Amber Donovan walked twice, while Blair Lawrence reached once via walk.
Kourtney Salvarola and Lee Ann Spivey both went 2-for-3 for the Bulls, with Spivey hitting a double. Stephanie Medina hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.
Richardson (6-3) yielded two hits while striking out 13 batters and walking four in her complete-game shutout.
Chandler Ball (3-5) allowed three runs, two earned, in 1 2/3 innings as the starter. Reliever Annah Jo Brittingham allowed two runs on four hits, striking out three in three innings of work. Kenzie Friesen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, fanning three batters.
Liberty got its first two batters on base to open the game, with Zavodny and Donovan walking back-to-back. Richardson ended the threat with a flyout and two strikeouts.
USF recorded a two-out rally to gain a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one on and two outs, Kenshyra Jackson walked, and then Salvarola singled in D'Anna Devine for USF's first run. Spivey followed with an RBI single of her own.
Lawrence walked to start the second inning, but was caught stealing second base. A popout and strikeout ended the Lady Flames' second time at bat.
The Bulls rallied with two outs for the second inning in a row, with Stephanie Juergens singling and stealing second. Juergens then scored after two wild pitches. Brittingham came on in relief of Ball, getting the final out of the inning.
Zavodny singled and swiped second in the top of the third. Donovan then walked, and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Richardson struck out Megan Robinson to quell the rally.
Richardson allowed only one baserunner during the final four innings of the game, striking out nine out of the last 13 batters she faced.
Spivey began the USF fourth inning by doubling down the left field line. She later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Greiner, when Donovan made a terrific catch at the warning track in right.
Salvarola provided the final tally for the Bulls when she went deep with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, making it 5-0, USF.
Richardson struck out the side in the seventh, capping her complete-game, two-hit shutout.
The Lady Flames will continue play at the USF Spring Invitational with a pair of games at the E.C. Moore Softball Complex on Saturday. Liberty will face Temple at 1:15 p.m. before taking on Maine at 6:15 p.m.