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Lady Flames Open Hawaii Spring Fling With 6-5 Win Over Boston College
Both teams manufactured runs during their first at bats, leaving the game tied 1-1 after the first inning. An RBI single straight up the middle by Britney Thompson plated lead-off hitter Carley McNary, with Liberty answering back in its half of the frame as Beth Bennett dropped in an RBI single to the gap in left center field to score J'nae Jefferson, tying the game at one-apiece.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when Liberty exploded for four runs to take its first lead of the contest. Jefferson started the four-run outburst with an infield single down the first base line, followed by Moore's two-run home run to center field, her fourth of the year.
Ashley Williams kept things going as the catcher was struck by a pitch followed by a walk issued to Bennett. Two batters later, Sarah Swor singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Rachel Love, followed by Courtney Johnson lofting a fly ball to right field, allowing Bennett to cross the plate and give Liberty a 5-1 lead.
Boston College cut Liberty's lead in half in the top of the sixth inning as an infield error off a batted ball by Renee Ramos allowed pinch runner Amanda Brooks to score. Two batters later, McNary dropped in a single just over Dawn Jeffs' glove at second base, allowing Ramos to score and trim Liberty's lead to 5-3.
The Eagles tied the game in the top of the seventh inning as Jenna Macchi led off the frame with a single back up the middle, followed by a two-run homer to straightaway center field by Thompson, knotting the game at 5-5.
Liberty failed to score in the bottom off the seventh, sending the game into extra innings. Boston College managed to advance its international tiebreaker rule runner to third with one out, but Terra Lowe got a strikeout and a pop-up to shortstop to end the threat.
The Lady Flames loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out and it looked like the Eagles were going to escape the threat as well. Taylor Peyton got a strikeout and a groundball to second base, but Destito was unable to handle the ball, allowing pinch runner Michelle Fridey to score from third and give Liberty the victory.
Lowe evened her record at 2-2 on the year as she relieved Sarah Ellis and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits in three innings of work. Ellis allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings of work en route to the no decision.
The Lady Flames pounded out double-digit hits for the fourth time in the last five games with 10 hits. Four different Liberty players finished with multiple hits, including Jeffs (2-for-5), Jefferson (2-for-3 with two runs), Moore (2-for-5 with the two-run homer) and Swor (2-for-4). With their hits during the contest, both Jeffs and Moore pushed their hitting streaks to 10-straight games.