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Lady Flames Sustain 4-3 Setback to Georgetown
The Liberty softball team built a 3-0 lead over Georgetown midway through the game, before the Hoyas rallied for a 4-3 victory, Friday at the FGCU Softball Complex.
The Lady Flames fell to 0-2 on the campaign, after sustaining setbacks to Western Kentucky and Georgetown on Friday. Georgetown opens its season with a 1-0 record. During the game, Liberty recorded eight hits, compared to six for the Hoyas.
Katie Zavodny went 2-for-4, and recorded a stolen base, breaking Stacy Radulovich's (1996-99) program record for career steals, with 81. Holly Seiz drove in a pair of runs, while Sammi Shivock doubled and registered one RBI.
For Georgetown, Hannah Slovacek and Megan Hyson both posted two RBIs, while Slovack and Samantha Giovanniello both hit doubles.
Lauren O'Leary (1-0) picked up the complete-game victory, yielding three runs (two earned) on eight hits, with seven strikeouts.
Annah Jo Brittingham (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking two during four innings of work. Chandler Ball pitched two innings of no-hit softball to finish the game.
Liberty jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead during the top of the first inning. Zavodny singled and stole second, and went to third on a groundout. Following a walk and steal by Grace Nordan, Seiz singled up the middle, plating Zavodny for Liberty's first run.
After a 1-2-3 Georgetown second inning, the Lady Flames added to their advantage in the opening half of the third. Sciolino was hit by a pitch with one out, and then Shivock drove her in with a double to left. Nordan hit an infield single, and Seiz got her second RBI on a fielder's choice.
Georgetown chipped away at the deficit with a pair of third-inning runs. Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida and Elyse Graziano hit back-to-back singles to lead off. With two outs, Hyson hit a two-run single, bringing the Hoyas to within 3-2.
Brittingham and O'Leary both worked around singles to pitch scoreless fourth innings.
The Hoyas took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Graziano drew a leadoff walk, and went to third on a double by Giovanniello. Slovacek plated two runs when she doubled to left, making it 4-3, Georgetown. Ball then came on in relief of Brittingham, stranding the runner in scoring position by recording three straight outs.
Ball retired the side in order during the sixth inning, bringing the Lady Flames to bat for the last time. Kelby Allen hit a leadoff single to start the seventh, and Zavodny kept the inning alive with a two-out infield single. O'Leary got Megan Robinson to pop out, sealing the Hoyas' 4-3 victory.
Liberty will take on Ole Miss tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., during day two of the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.