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Tigers Score Four In The Eighth To Down Lady Flames At Hawaii Spring Fling
In the first game against Pacific, the Tigers wasted little time taking a lead in the contest as Pacific plated two runs on three hits in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Gina Carbonatto started the frame with a bunt single down the first base line.
After moving to second on a groundout, Carbonatto scored on a base hit to the gap in right center by Jennifer Curtier. A stolen base and another groundout moved Curtier to third where she was able to score on a base hit back up the middle by Lauren Weyman, giving the Tigers as 2-0 lead.
Liberty evened the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to back-to-back hits. Ashley Williams got things started for the Lady Flames with a base hit to center field. Beth Bennett followed by battling off several foul balls to get her timing down and hit a two-run home run to left center field. The home run was her fourth of the year, tying for the team lead.
But the tie game was short lived as the Tigers put together a two-out rally to regain the lead, 3-2. Carbonatto singled back up the middle, sending a bounding ball over Sarah Ellis' glove in the circle. Carbonatto swiped Pacific's second base of the game to move to second, followed by a seeing-eye single into left field by Lizzie Hagen, driving in Carbonatto and giving the Tigers a one-run lead.
However, Liberty answered back quickly in the bottom half of the frame by capitalizing on a Tiger error to knot the game at 3-3. Dawn Jeffs singled back up the middle to extend her hitting streak to 12-straight games.
J'nae Jefferson followed by grounding to shortstop, but Hagen threw the ball into right field trying to get the lead runner, allowing Jeffs to move to third base, followed by Jessica Moore's RBI single to right field to tie the game.
Neither team could muster a run over the final two frames, sending the game into extra innings where the Tigers plated four runs on five hits to secure their first victory of the tournament in the top of the eighth inning.
The scoring outburst started with an infield single by Lauren Weyman, allowing Hagen to score, followed by Karie Wilson's RBI double to the gap in left center field to drive in pinch runner Vanney Campos.
Another infield single by Nicole Gradwohl allowed Weyman to cross the plate. Two batters later, Carbonatto got her third hit of the game with a RBI single up the middle to plate Karie Wilson and give the Tigers all the runs they would need.
Ellis suffered the loss for the Lady Flames as the sophomore allowed 12 hits, tying a career high, along with six earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work to fall to 4-2.
Jeffs led the Lady Flames with her 11th multiple hit game of the year by going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Liberty's three, four, five and hitters recorded Liberty's other hits as Moore, Williams, Bennett were each 1-for-4 and Swor was 1-for-3.