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Lowe Tosses No-Hitter, Leading Liberty to Victory in Home Season Opener Over Spartans
With the victory, the Lady Flames raise their season record to 16-14. Liberty's opening-game win over the Spartans gave the Lady Flames their 11th victory in their last 14 home openers and the 16th in school history.
In the opening game, the contest remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Dawn Jeffs hit her sixth home run of the year, a solo shot to straightaway center field, giving Liberty an early 1-0 edge.
Jeffs gave the Lady Flames their second run of the game as the senior led off the bottom of the fifth inning with an infield single. After moving up two bases on a groundout and a fly out to right, Jeffs scored on a RBI double down the left field line by Ashley Williams, pushing Liberty's lead to two runs, 2-0.
The Lady Flames left the rest of the game in Terra Lowe's hands as the senior threw her first career no-hitter and the first since fellow senior Sarah Swor tossed a five-inning perfect game against West Virginia Tech, 11-0, on April 9, 2005.
Lowe fanned 11 batters, the third-highest total of her career, without allowing a hit in seven innings of work to up her record to 6-5. She walked two, but faced just one batter over the minimum as one of the free passes was erased on an attempted steal.
Liberty mustered just six hits in the contest with Jeffs and Ashley Williams both going 2-for-3 and Jeffs scoring both of Liberty's runs.