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Long Ball Lifts Lady Flames To 14-1 Victory Over Rhode Island
Neither team could muster much of an offensive threat as the two teams combined for three hits over the first four innings of action.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when Shannon McKain started the long-ball hitting contest with a solo home run to left field.
Two batters later, leadoff hitter Dawn Jeffs hit her first of two home runs in the game, connecting on a two-run homer to right-center field, while a pair of errors and a pair of walks forced in J'nae Jefferson to give Liberty a 4-0 edge.
The Lady Flames continued to add to their lead in the top of the sixth inning as Jessica Leary reached base on a fielder's choice, setting the stage for Jeffs to connect on her second rounder tripper of the day, this time over the fence in left-center field, giving Liberty a 6-0 lead.
The Lady Flames put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning as they scored eight runs on four hits, with three of the hits being home runs. Jefferson started the scoring outburst in grand fashion as her first collegiate home run was of the grand slam variety, with a four-run blast over the fence in left-center field.
Jessica Moore kept things rolling for the Lady Flames with a solo homer to right-center field, followed by a round tripper off the bat of Ashley Williams to left-center field, to give Liberty its third-straight home run and sixth of the contest.
Lost in the offensive outbreak was a stellar pitching performance by Dana Wheeler, who picked up her first collegiate victory in the first start of her career. The freshman allowed just one run, a solo homer in the seventh inning, five hits and fanned four in the complete-game victory.
Jeffs led the team from the plate as she was 2-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored, followed by Shannon McKain who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
The Lady Flames will take on Marshall, starting at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the victor advancing to the championship game tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m.