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Lady Flames Continue To Hit In 8-0 Win Over Fairfield
With the pair of victories on the day, the Lady Flames raise their season-to-date record to 6-3 on the year and the offensive outburst accounts for Liberty's second and third time this year the Lady Flames have racked up 10 or more hits in a game.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a quick lead again, this time plating two runs on four hits and leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first. Dawn Jeffs started the game with a double to the gap in left-center field, followed by a bunt single off the bat of J'nae Jefferson, giving Liberty runners at the corners.
Jefferson stole second and Erin Frank's attempted throw sailed into center field, allowing Jeffs to score. Three batters later, Beth Bennett singled through the left side of the infield, driving in Jefferson from third to give Liberty the early 2-0 edge.
The Lady Flames continued to add to their advantage in the top of the second inning as Liberty plated four runs on four hits, with all the damage coming with two outs. Jefferson walked, followed by a RBI triple off the fence in right field by Jessica Moore.
Ashley Williams kept things moving for Liberty with a double shapely hit down the left-field line, driving in Moore. Bennett capped off the four-run frame by hitting her second home run of the year, with the two-run blast to left giving Liberty a 6-0 lead.
A pair of two-out hits in the top of the third inning padded the Lady Flames' advantage. Williams singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Jessica Leary, who reached on a single to right field. Bennett followed with a shot down the left-field line, driving in Moore to push Liberty's lead to 8-0.
Bennett led the Lady Flames in the five-inning victory as the sophomore was 3-for-3 with a season-high four RBI, followed by Williams who was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Jefferson and Moore both finished the contest 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Leary was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Terra Lowe picked up her first victory of the year in grand fashion as the senior allowed just two base runners in the contest on a lead-off walk in the second and a base hit up the middle in fourth. Lowe fanned six and walked one to record her sixth career shutout.
The Lady Flames return to full-time action in the Tar Heel Invitational tomorrow when they square off against Rhode Island (10 a.m.) and Marshall (12:15 p.m.) to close out pool play, setting up the championship round on Sunday.