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Host Hawaii Holds Lady Flames Offense In Check In 6-0 Victory Liberty
Hawaii, who just fell out of the Top 25 as announced prior to the game, jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Claire Warwick reached base by virtue of a fielder's choice. The third baseman moved to second on an infield groundout, followed by Tyleen Tausaga's RBI single through the left side of the infield to drive in Warwick and give Hawaii a 1-0 lead.
Hawaii continued to add to its lead in the bottom of the second inning as Valana Manuma scored on a groundout to start a four-run frame. Leadoff hitter Tanisha Milca continued with a two-run home run to straightaway center field, followed by a solo round tripped to left center field by Warwick to push the homestanding Wahine's lead to 5-0.
Hawaii added its final run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning as Warwick led off the frame with a single back up the middle. After moving to second on a stolen base and to third on a base hit up the middle by Tausaga, Warwick was able to cross the plate on a long fly ball as Jessica Moore robbed Kate Robinson of a double with a running catch in the gap in left center field with the fly out allowing Warwick to score.
Liberty mustered just three hits on the evening against Justine Smethurst, who recorded the shutout victory as she walked two and struck out nine batters in seven innings of work.
Two of the three hits came off the bat of Dawn Jeffs as the senior was 2-for-3 with two doubles, extending her hitting streak to 12-straight games.
Courtney Johnson, who had a stellar game at the hot corner with several solid defensive plays that led to eight assists, recorded Liberty's other hit with a single through the left side of the infield in the third. Jessica Moore finished the game 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, ending her hitting streak at 11 games.
Dana Wheeler suffered her first collegiate loss as the freshman allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work to fall to 1-1 on the year. Sarah Ellis finished off the final 4 1/3 innings of the game by allowing one run on three hits.
With the split on the day, the Lady Flames' record moves to 9-5 on the year. Liberty will continue pool play action in the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament tomorrow when they face Pacific (10 a.m. local time) and No. 14 Oregon State (2 p.m. local time).