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Lady Flames Rally Falls Short In 4-2 Loss To 14th-Ranked Oregon State
Liberty pushed the Beavers to the final out as the Lady Flames plated two runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded, but 14th-ranked Oregon State was able to fend off Liberty's charge for a 4-2 victory, closing out Liberty's action in Day 2 of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament, hosted by Hawaii at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
With the pair of losses, the Lady Flames' record falls to 9-7 on the year. The tournament moves to championship play starting tomorrow. Liberty's opponent will be determined based upon the results of this evening's game.
In the second game against Oregon State, the Beavers took advantage off a lead-off walk to Sherina Galvin to start the second inning. After moving to second on a stolen base, Galvin was able to cross the plate on a RBI base hit through the left side off the infield by Paige Lowe, giving Oregon State a 1-0 edge.
The Beavers added to their lead in the top of the third inning as Natalie Johnson led off the inning with a single straight back up the middle, followed by a two-run homer by Cambria Miranda high off the netting in left field, giving Oregon State a 3-0 lead.
Oregon State tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning as Stefanie Ewing connected on a solo home run to left field, pushing the Beaver lead to four runs, 4-0.
However, Liberty mounted a rally in the top of the seventh that pushed Oregon State to the final out as the Lady Flames plated two runs on four hits and left the bases loaded as the game ended.
Beth Hensley started the rally with a double to the gap in right center, followed by an infield single off the bat of pinch hitter Taylor McCarty in her first collegiate plate appearance. Fellow pinch hitter Kristina Jerry grounded out to shortstop, allowing Hensley to score, with McCarthy moving to third on the plate.
Jeffs dropped in an infield hit that scored McCarty, followed by Jefferson being struck by a pitch to give Liberty runners at first and second with one out.
Jessica Moore almost ended the game as the senior lifted one to the fence in straightaway center field, but Johnson was able to snag the ball at the warning track.
Ashley Williams drilled a shot down the third base line and legged out an infield single to load the bases with two outs, but Brianne McGowan got Beth Bennett to pop up just behind third base to end the threat and secure the victory for the Beavers.
Sarah Swor suffered the loss as the senior allowed four runs on eight hits in a complete-game effort to fall to 2-2 on the season.
Jeffs led the Lady Flames from the plate as the senior pushed her hitting streak to 13-straight games by going 2-for-4 with a RBI. Bennett was also 2-for-4 and both Hensley and McCarthy were 1-for-1 with a run scored.