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Pair Of Two-Run Innings Lifts Liberty To Victory Over Nevada At Bank of Hawaii Invitational

March 15, 2007
|  Honolulu, Hawaii
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Shannon McKain was 2-for-3 with a double in Liberty's victory over Nevada.

Shannon McKain was 2-for-3 with a double in Liberty's victory over Nevada.

After waiting for the weather to clear, the Lady Flames plated two runs in both the first and fourth innings en route to a 4-2 victory over Nevada to open Day 2 action at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational, hosted by Hawaii, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

After a four-hour rain delay, the Lady Flames jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom half of the first inning as they scored twice on two hits against Nevada. Dawn Jeffs led off the frame as the senior dropped in a single to left field. 

Two batters later, Jessica Moore was struck by a pitch, followed by Beth Bennett connecting on her first career triple, with the three-base hit to right field driving in Jeffs and Moore to give Liberty a 2-0 run cushion after one. 

The Lady Flames combined for two runs on two additional hits in the bottom of the fourth, pushing their advantage to four runs, 4-0. Bennett was issued a walk to lead off the frame and later scored on a RBI base hit up the middle by Shannon McKain. 

After McKain moved to third on a double-play ball, the right fielder was able to score as Jeffs pounded one into the dirt over Kesley Starr at third base to plate McKain and give Liberty a four-run lead. 

But the four-run edge was short lived for Liberty as the Wolf Pack finally got on the scoreboard, scoring two runs with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Brittany Puzey got her team-leading eighth double to the fence in left center, followed by Kelsey Starr's first home run of the year, with the two-run blast to center field trimming Liberty's lead to two runs, 4-2. 

However, as in the previous evening, Terra Lowe came in to finish off the game, this time picking up her second save of the year after picking up the win in relief over No. 23 Hawaii last night. Lowe scattered two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings of the contest, striking out three. 

Sarah Swor upped her record to 3-2 on the year as the senior allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out four in 4 2/3 innings of work, securing Liberty's third-straight victory and fourth in the previous five games. 

McKain and Jeffs led the Lady Flames from the plate as both batters finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored. McKain added a double and Jeffs a RBI. Moore and Bennett followed as both players were 1-for-2 with Bennett driving in two on the first inning triple.