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Lady Flames Open Season With 5-3 Victory Over Appalachian State
The Lady Flames got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning as Sarah Swor led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. Two batters later, Jessica Leary connected on an opposite-field home run, sending a 3-2 pitch over the fence in right for her first career homer to give Liberty a 2-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth when Appalachian State exploded for three runs. Danielle Peters led off the inning with a single straight back up the middle and then she stole second.
The lead-off batter continued to show her speed by swiping third base and was able to score as the throw to third was errant. Robyn Bronson kept things going for the Mountaineers with a double to right center. Liberty got the next two batters to keep the ball in the infield for outs; however, Stephanie Long gave Appalachian State its first lead of the game with a two-run homer to right field, putting the Mountaineers up 3-2.
But the lead was short lived for Appalachian State as Swor led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo homer to center field, knotting the score at 3-3.
The Lady Flames regained the lead in the top of the seventh as both Jeffs and Jessica Moore led off the frame by drawing walks.
Relief pitcher Kayla Richardson got the next two batters out, but Swor got her third hit of the game, driving in both Jeffs and Moore with a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to give Liberty the victory.
Jeffs and Swor led the Lady Flames from the plate as Jeffs was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored and Swor was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two hits. Moore and Leary were both 1-for-3 with Leary driving in two with the round tripper.
Ellis went the distance for the Lady Flames, scattering four hits which led to two earned runs. The sophomore also struck out a career high as she fanned 11 batters. Richardson picked up the loss in relief as she allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in one inning of work.
The Lady Flames will now play two against Gardner-Webb with the first game starting at 1:35 p.m.