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Season-High 15 Hits Key Liberty's 10-4 Win Over Dartmouth
Liberty registered a season-high 15 hits, with eight going for extra bases, during a 10-4 win over Darmouth, on Sunday in Clearwater, Fla.
The Lady Flames, winners of their last three games, even their record to 11-11 on the season. Liberty went 3-2 at the USF Spring Invitational, and posted a 6-4 record on its southern Spring Break trip. Dartmouth falls to 7-5 on the season, and 2-2 this weekend.
Holly Seiz went 3-for-4, setting a career high for hits. Kelby Allen batted 2-for-4 with a triple, homer and three RBIs. Hanna Nichols (2-for-4) doubled and homered, driving in two runs. Sammi Shivock batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Katie Zavodny singled and stole her 23rd base, extending her hitting streak to 14 games. A total of nine Lady Flames scored runs on Sunday.
Hillary Hubert went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for Dartmouth, as the Big Green registered 10 hits. Kristen Rumley batted 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Annah Jo Brittingham (4-3) earned the victory, yielding one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Chandler Ball then allowed three runs on four hits in two innings of work, before Alyssa DiMartino came on and got the final two outs of the game.
Morgan McCalmon (1-3) drew the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits during 3 1/3 innings pitched. Relievers Rachel Hein and Alex Jarvis both allowed two runs.
The Lady Flames tallied one run during their first time at bat. Zavodny drew a leadoff walk and then stole second. Shivock slammed a one-out double to the wall in right field, plating Zavodny.
Liberty tacked on two more runs in the top of the second. Seiz singled and then went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Allen came up and slugged a two-run homer, her third of the season, good for a 3-0 Lady Flames lead.
After a scoreless third inning, Liberty made it 6-0 with a three-run fourth stanza. Nichols led off the inning with a home run. Allen tripled with one out, driving in Megan Robinson. Zavodny greeted new pitcher Hein with an RBI single, pushing the lead to six.
Dartmouth broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fourth. Hubert began the inning with a single, and scored on a single by Rumley. With runners on second and third and two outs, Seiz made a run-saving, diving catch behind third base for the third out, leaving the score at 6-1.
Hein worked around a triple by Katie Han in the top of the fifth, keeping Liberty off the scoreboard for the inning.
Dartmouth loaded the bases with one out during the fifth inning. Ball, in relief of Brittingham, got the final two outs of the inning on ground balls, maintaining Liberty's five-run edge.
Liberty entered double-digits in the scoring column with a four-run seventh inning. Jill Stephens led off with a double, and scored on a Shivock single. After Donovan was hit by a pitch, Kassidy McCoy hit a two-RBI double. Nichols then drove in McCoy with a double of her own. Jarvis got Allen to hit into a double play, ending the threat with Liberty ahead, 10-1.
The Big Green quickly filled the bases in the bottom of the seventh, on three base hits. An error brought in one run, while a wild pitch and a groundout trimmed the Darmouth deficit to six, 10-4. DiMartino then got the final two batters to ground out, bringing the game to an end.
Liberty will return to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and open conference play on Wednesday at Radford. The game between the Lady Flames and Highlanders will begin at 4 p.m.