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Lady Flames Rally in 7th, Down Maine, 4-3

March 16, 2013
|  Clearwater, Fla.
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Hanna Nichols' 10-pitch at bat in the bottom of the seventh kept Liberty's four-run, game-winning rally alive.

Trailing, 3-0, entering the bottom of the seventh, the Liberty softball team rallied for four runs in the final stanza to defeat Maine, 4-3, Saturday at E.C. Moore Softball Complex.

The Lady Flames improve to 10-11 in 2013, registering their second straight walk-off win of the day. Liberty had beaten Temple, 6-5, in eight innings earlier in the day. Maine is now 3-24 on the campaign after its second loss of the day.

Katie Zavodny went 1-for-2 and scored the game-winning run, recording a hit for the 13th game in a row. Sammi Shivock and Kassidy McCoy both recorded hits, with McCoy driving in one run.

Hilary Kane batted 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Maine, while Jean Stevens went 1-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored. Stevens also committed all three of Maine's errors.

Chandler Ball pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, striking out five batters while giving up three runs on four hits. Kenzie Friesen (3-0) allowed no hits and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Alexis Bogdanovich (0-7) drew the loss, giving up one unearned run after relieving Hannah Hill in the seventh. Hill walked six and allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits in six innings pitched.

The game began as a pitchers' duel, as Ball and Hill both held the other team hitless through the first three innings.

Maine got on the scoreboard first, as Jessica Burk singled to lead off the fourth inning. Stevens walked, and then a double steal put runners on second and third with one out. Kane plated both runners with a double, making it 2-0.

Stevens hit a one-out home run with one out in the top of the sixth inning, boosting Maine's lead to 3-0. After a Kane single, Friesen came on in relief of Ball. Friesen hit a batter and walked one, loading the bases. She then fanned Jenny MacDowell to end the threat.

The Lady Flames stranded runners at second and third during the bottom of the sixth inning, after Allen reached on an error and Zavodny walked.

After a 1-2-3 Maine seventh that included two strikeouts, Liberty's improbable comeback began. Megan Robinson and Holly Seiz walked consecutively to start the inning. McCoy then drove in Robinson with a single, and Bogdanovich entered the circle for Maine.

Bogdanovich retired the first two batters she faced, and had two strikes on Zavodny before Zavodny hit an infield single to fill the bases. Nichols then reached on an error by Stevens after a 10-pitch at bat, narrowing the deficit to 3-2. Shivock sent a high, routine popup to third that Stevens dropped, allowing the tying and winning runs to score, and Liberty celebrated a 4-3 win.

The Lady Flames conclude their time in Clearwater, Fla., with a 9:30 a.m. game against Dartmouth tomorrow at the E.C. Moore Softball Complex.