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Lancers Claim 9-2 Win at Liberty
Liberty trailed Longwood, 3-2, after four innings, before the visiting Lancers pulled away for a 9-2 victory and doubleheader sweep on Monday.
Longwood (31-11, 13-5 Big South) won the season series, 2-1. Including Liberty's 8-7 win at Longwood last Monday, the visiting team won all three games during the 2013 series. Liberty falls to 19-23, including 8-10 in conference play.
Brooke Short (16-5) went the distance for her second win of the day, fanning nine Liberty Flames while allowing two runs on five hits. She helped her own cause, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Kassidy McCoy went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, hitting her first career home run. Katie Zavodny, Sammi Shivock, Hanna Nichols and Kelby Allen all singled for the Lady Flames.
Carly Adams hit 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Lancers, while Emily Murphy hit her 10th homer of the season.
Liberty starting pitcher Annah Jo Brittingham (8-7) allowed three runs on four hits during her one inning of work. Chandler Ball pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits. Kenzie Friesen yielded two hits and struck out one over her 1 1/3 innings pitched.
As was the case in game one, Longwood went ahead during the first inning of the nightcap. Megan Baltzell hit a one-out single to right, and then scored when Short connected for her 14th homer of the campaign. Jordan Cox plated Chelsea Sciacca with a single, making it 3-0.
Ball came on in relief of Brittingham to start the second inning, and pitched a three-batter frame.
The Lady Flames entered the scoring column during the bottom of the second when McCoy blasted a home run deep over the fence in right center field.
Longwood placed runners on second and third with one out during their third time at bat, but Ball got Cox to line out and end the threat.
Ball tossed her third straight scoreless inning with a 1-2-3 Lancer fourth. Liberty then scored during the bottom half, as Shivock and Nichols hit back-to-back singles to lead off. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base, and McCoy sent a sacrifice fly to center, plating Shivock. Short struck out Holly Seiz to end the rally.
With Baltzell on first and Short on second in the top of the fifth, both runners advanced on an infield fly that eluded Liberty's fielders. Adams then came through with a two-run single, making the score 5-2, Longwood.
After Short retired the Lady Flames in order during the fifth frame, the Lancers put the game out of reach with four sixth-inning runs. Kori Nishitomi and Short both recorded RBI singles, before a two-run blast by Murphy boosted Longwood's lead to 9-2. Friesen entered the circle and recorded the final out.
Short worked around a two-out single in the sixth to maintain the Lancers' seven-run edge.
Friesen tossed a three-batter stanza in the seventh, bringing Liberty to bat for the final time. Donovan was hit by a pitch as the leadoff batter. Short then struck out Grace Nordan, Sydnei Lester and Zavodny in order to close out Longwood's victory.
The Lady Flames will play their next five games away from Lynchburg, beginning with a doubleheader at James Madison on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Liberty will then travel to Rock Hill, S.C., for a weekend Big South series at Winthrop, Friday and Saturday.