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Lady Flames Shut Down PC, 2-1, Earn Doubleheader Sweep
Amber Donovan hit a two-run homer, and a five-hitter by Annah Jo Brittingham made it stand up, as Liberty beat Presbyterian College, 2-1, to sweep a twin bill on Friday at Liberty Softball Field.
The Lady Flames (13-12, 2-1 Big South) won a pair of one-run games over PC on Friday, including a 5-4, 9-inning win during game one, to open the home portion of Liberty's Big South schedule. Liberty is now 6-1 in one-run games this season. Presbyterian College's record evens at 14-14, including 0-2 in conference play.
Donovan homered in both games on Friday, giving her four home runs for the season. Hanna Nichols batted 3-for-3 during game two, while Kelby Allen batted 2-for-3 with a double. Katie Zavodny went 1-for-3, and her current 17-game hitting streak is tied with Beth Bennett (2008) for the second longest in program history.
Brittingham (5-3) pitched her fourth complete game of the season, striking out four batters while allowing one run on five hits.
Cat Tarvin (2-1) drew the loss, allowing two runs on six hits while pitching the first four innings of the contest.
Erin Ruff and Morgan Durham both had two-hit games during the nightcap, with Ruff hitting her third home run of the season and Durham hitting a double.
The Blue Hose registered two hits during the first inning, but Allen threw out Jill McLean, who was attempting to steal second, and Tarvin grounded out for the third out.
Liberty broke through during the bottom of the third inning. Zavodny lashed a single to right field with one out. Donovan followed with a line drive that sailed over the fence in right center. Donovan's homer proved to be the difference in the game.
Presbyterian sliced the deficit in half on a leadoff homer by Ruff in the top of the fourth inning. Shelby Petik reached on an error with two outs, but was stranded at the end of the inning.
The Lady Flames loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Tarvin tossed back-to-back strikeouts to keep the score at 2-1, Liberty.
A single by Shivock and a double from Allen gave Liberty a scoring chance in the fifth inning. Reliever Kelsey Barnette got Holly Seiz to ground out to short, bringing the rally to a close.
Presbyterian College managed just one hit over the final three innings, as Brittingham held the Blue Hose off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
The Lady Flames and Blue Hose will finish this weekend's Big South series tomorrow, with a single game set to begin at 1 p.m. at Liberty Softball Field.