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Williams Homers In Liberty's 5-1 Loss To No. 1 Tennessee
The Lady Vols (34-2) jumped out to a quick one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning without the ball leaving the infield as leadoff hitter India Chiles reached base on a hit down the third-base line.
After moving to second on her team-leading 25th stolen base, Chiles continued to advance station-to-station as Nicole Kajtani sacrificed her over to third with a bunt.
Finally, Chiles was able to cross the plate as a pitch got away from starting pitcher Terra Lowe, allowing Chiles to score on the wild pitch, giving Tennessee a 1-0 lead.
However, the lead was shortly lived as Ashley Williams, who was named Big South Player of the Week earlier in the day, continued her hot hitting with a solo home run to left field, tying the game at 1-1. The round tripper was Williams' fourth of the year and the eighth run three-time All-American Monica Abbott has allowed this year in 170 innings of work.
In the bottom of the second, Tennessee regained the lead on three-consecutive hits to begin the frame. Shannon Doepking started with a single to center field, followed by a base hit through the left side of the infield by Tonya Callahan.
Alexia Clay gave the Lady Vols the lead as the designated player doubled to right center, plating Doepking and giving Tennessee a 2-1 edge.
Another lead-off hit by Tennessee led to the Lady Vols third run in the third inning. Kajtani doubled to right center to start the frame and three batters later Doepgking traded places with Kajtani with a double down the right-field line, extended Tennessee's lead to two runs, 3-1.
The Lady Vols tacked on two additional insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as a pair of singles up the middle by Doepking and Allison Fulmer led to two runs, pushing Tennessee's advantage to its final margin of four runs, 5-1.
The Lady Flames managed to record five hits against the nation's top-ranked team with Dawn Jeffs leading the way as the senior was 2-for-3 in the contest. Beth Hensley, Shannon McKain and Williams rounded out Liberty's hitters as the trio of players were each 1-for-3.
Abbott upper her record to 27-1 on the year as the senior scattered four hits, allowing the single run on the Williams' homer, while striking out 12 batters. Megan Rhoads tossed two innings during the game, allowing a hit and striking out four.
Lowe suffered the loss, falling to 5-5 on the year, as the senior allowed three runs on six hits in the first three innings of the contest. Sarah Swor finished off the last three innings, allowing two runs on five hits.