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Western Illinois Blanks Liberty, 5-0
Western Illinois used a four-run first inning to send the team to a 5-0 victory over Liberty, Sunday at Oklahoma's Marita Hynes Stadium.
The Leathernecks raise their season record to 11-5, after going 1-2 at this weekend's Courtyard Marriott Oklahoma Tournament. The Lady Flames fall to 2-18, with a current 13-game winless streak.
WIU's Kacyee Hart (4-1) went the distance, pitching a five-hit shutout while striking out five and walking five.
Annah Jo Brittingham (1-10) drew the loss for the Lady Flames after yielding five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Tegan Walsh batted 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, while Briana Williams went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases.
Brittingham aided her own effort with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, good for her first career multiple-hit game. Sammi Shivock drew three walks, the most free passes drawn by a Lady Flame since March 11, 2012 (Amber Donovan). Kelby Allen, Kassidy McCoy and Grace Nordan all singled.
Sammy Marshall tripled to open the bottom of the first inning. After a fielder's choice, Walsh hit a two-run double to get WIU on the scoreboard. With two outs, Rondon singled, plating Walsh. Nina Maggio walked, and then Karissa Kouchis hit an infield single, driving in the Leathernecks' fourth run. Marshall grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
Shivock and Katie Han drew back-to-back walks to lead off the second. Hart then retired the next two batters, fanning a pair of Lady Flames to quell the rally.
After the first two Leathernecks reached base in the bottom of the second, Brittingham settled in, with a double play and groundout. In total, she retired the next six batters she faced.
Allen led off the fourth with a single, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Shivock walked, but then the next two Lady Flames recorded outs, keeping the score at 4-0.
Western Illinois added one tally during the fourth, as Williams hit a two-out single and stole second. Walsh then laced an RBI single down the right field line, boosting WIU's lead to 5-0.
Kassidy McCoy and Brittingham hit consecutive singles to begin the fifth frame. A pair of grounders and a flyout ensued, as Hart kept Liberty off the board.
Brittingham pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth, ending the game by retiring seven straight batters.
The Lady Flames threatened to score in the sixth, with back-to-back one-out walks to Shivock and Han. Shivock stole third, putting runners on first and third. However, Hart struck out a pair of Lady Flames, stranding two runners.
Brittingham hit a leadoff single, and advanced to second on an error to begin the seventh stanza. Hart closed the book on the shutout, with the next three batters going out in order.
The Lady Flames will next head to the nation's capital to face George Washington on Wednesday, with the first game of the twin bill set to begin at 2 p.m.