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Moore And Williams Home Runs Lift Liberty To Victory Over Tigers

March 9, 2007
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Ashley Williams hit her second home run of the year, a two-run blast to left center in Liberty's 7-4 victory over Pacific.

Ashley Williams hit her second home run of the year, a two-run blast to left center in Liberty's 7-4 victory over Pacific.

Ashley Williams hit a two-run homer in the fourth, Jessica Moore hit a grand slam in the fifth and Liberty defused a seventh-inning rally to post a 7-4 victory over Pacific to open championship play on Friday at the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament, hosted by Hawaii at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. 

With the victory, the Lady Flames raise their record to 10-7 on the year and avenge an eight-inning 7-3 loss to the Tigers yesterday in pool play action.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning as Jessica Moore reached on a single that glanced off Alyce Jorgensen's glove in the circle. Ashley Williams followed with a two-run homer, her second of the season, with the round tripper to left-center field giving Liberty a 2-0 lead. 

Liberty added to its advance in the top of the fifth inning as the Lady Flames exploded for five runs on six hits, batting around the order to take a 7-0 lead. 

Shannon McKain and Courtney Johnson started the scoring outburst with back-to-back singles, followed by Beth Hensley reaching on a fielder's choice play where pinch runner Kristina Jerry ran into shortstop Lizzie Hagen on her way to third base, allowing Jerry to stay at third on the obstruction to load the bases. 

Dawn Jeffs followed with a RBI base hit through the left side of the drawn-in infield, extending the senior's hitting streak to 14-straight games. Two batters later, Moore pushed Liberty's lead to seven runs as the senior connected on a grand slam home run to straightaway center field, accounting for her team-leading fifth homer of the year. 

The Tigers, who mustered just one hit over the first five frames, finally started to get their offense going in the bottom of the sixth inning, beginning with a sharp double down the right field line by lead-off hitter Gina Carbonatto, followed by an infield single from Hagen. 

Jennifer Curtier grounded back to pitcher Terra Lowe in the circle in the next at bat, but Lowe's throw to third to try and get the lead runner wasn't in time, loading the bases for Briana Santos, who connected on a grand slam to left field, trimming Liberty's lead to 7-4. 

Pacific mounted a threat in the bottom of the seventh inning as base hits by Mandy Hickman and Hagen and a walk to Carbonatto loaded the bases, but reliever Sarah Ellis got back-to-back infield groundouts to end the threat and secure the victory. 

Ellis picked up her first save of the year as the sophomore scattered two hits over two innings of work. Lowe was the victor for the Lady Flames as she allowed four runs on four hits in five-plus innings of work to up her record to 3-2 on the year. 

The Lady Flames pounded out 10 hits in the game, marking the seventh time in 17 games this year in which Liberty has reached a double-figure hit total. Seven different batters in the order recorded hits with Moore leading the way as she was 2-for-4 with four RBI, followed by Williams who was 2-for-4 with two RBI.