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Record Hitting Day Sends Lady Flames Past CSU, 15-4
The Liberty softball team scored 11 unanswered runs, and tied a program record with 19 hits during a 15-4 win at Charleston Southern, Sunday.
The Lady Flames move to 16-18, including 5-7 in conference play, while CSU is now 9-33, 2-12 in Big South games. The Buccaneers won the series, 2-1, with two wins on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Lady Flames registered 19 hits for the third time in program history, and first since Feb. 11, 2012 against North Carolina Central. In the meantime, Liberty held CSU to just five hits.
Katie Zavodny batted 5-for-6 with three runs scored and a stolen base, tying her own program record for most hits in a single game. Zavodny is now in sole possession of second in program history, with 67 career stolen bases.
Holly Seiz hit 3-for-4 with a homer and a career-high six RBIs. Seiz's six RBIs are the most by a Lady Flame since April 20, 2011, when Kelly Strickland drove in six runs against Norfolk State. Jill Stephens went 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Kelby Allen scored three runs during a 3-for-5 game. Sammi Shivock hit 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs.
For CSU, Ari Tedesco hit 2-for-4, while Linzy Rother hit a homer and plated three runs.
Annah Jo Brittingham (7-5) earned the victory, with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Chandler Ball yielded four runs on two hits in the first 2 1/3 innings of the game.
Jennifer Giles (5-23) allowed 13 runs, 12 earned on 16 hits during the first 6 1/3 innings before Hayes Holdworth finished the game.
The Lady Flames scored four runs on five hits during the top of the first inning. Zavodny singled, followed by a double from Stephens. Shivock plated both runners with a single down the left field line. With runners on second and third and two outs, Seiz sent a two-run single up the middle, good for a 4-0 advantage.
The host Buccaneers got a run back in the bottom of the first, on an RBI double by Stephanie Sbardella.
Liberty loaded the bases with two outs during the second inning, before a Kelby Allen flyout ended the threat.
CSU tied the score with a three-run third inning. Sbardella was hit by a pitch, and then Jana Matthews walked. Rother followed by hitting a homer to left center, tying the game at 4-4. Brittingham then entered the circle for Liberty.
The Lady Flames jumped back ahead with aggressive base running in the top of the fourth. Zavodny singled, and then went to third on a bunt single by Stephens. Hanna Nichols grounded out, and Zavodny scored, giving Liberty a 5-4 lead.
CSU positioned a runner in scoring position in the fifth frame, as Matthews singled and then went to second on a wild pitch. Rother flied out to right for the third out.
Stephens doubled to lead off the sixth inning, and scored on a single by Allen. After an error, Seiz plated Allen with a single to center, making it 7-4.
The Lady Flames broke the game wide open with eight runs in the top of the seventh. With one out and two on, Shivock sent a two-run single to left. A double by Nichols and an Allen single loaded the bases before McCoy plated a pair with a single. After Holdsworth came on to pitch, Seiz cleared the bases with a three-run home run to left, making it 14-4, Liberty. Blair Lawrence laced a triple to right center, pushing Liberty's 15th run across.
Brittingham pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close out the victory.
The Lady Flames continue their six-game, five-day road trip tomorrow, when they travel to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood at 6:30 p.m. Following Monday's game at Longwood, Liberty will then play a doubleheader at UNCG on Wednesday.