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Winthrop Posts 11-0 Victory Over Lady Flames
The visiting Winthrop Eagles scored seven runs in the top of the second, en route to an 11-0 victory over Liberty during game one of a twin bill, Friday at Liberty Softball Field.
The Eagles improve their season record to 23-20, including 11-8 in Big South play. Liberty falls to 6-39, with a 1-18 conference mark following its 12th defeat in a row.
Sara Allen (10-9) pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, walking one during five innings of work.
Alyssa DiMartino (3-16) drew the loss, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits while striking out two and walking two.
Maddie Antone went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Naomi Stevens hit 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs. Melanie Andrea homered, while Allen and Kelsey Ritter both had two hits.
For Liberty, Megan Robinson went 1-for-2, hitting her sixth double of the season, while Hanna Nichols added a single.
Stevens gave Winthrop a quick 1-0 lead, hitting a home run to lead off the game. DiMartino retired the next three batters in a row to end the Eagles' first time at bat.
The Eagles added seven runs to its total during the top of the second inning. Antone and Allen both hit RBI singles, for a 3-0 edge. Stevens followed with a three-run blast, her second homer of the game. Andrea later made it 8-0 by hitting an opposite-field, two-run home run. White fouled out to third for the final out.
Nichols opened the bottom of the second with an infield single, but the next three batters recorded outs, bringing the inning to a close.
Winthrop tacked on its ninth run of the game when Allen hit an RBI single with two outs in the third, plating Antone in the process.
Robinson doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and went to third on a groundout. She was left on base when Kelby Allen grounded to short for the third out.
The Eagles scored twice during their fifth time at the plate. Ritter hit a leadoff single, and Antone launched a two-run home run to left center, boosting Winthrop's lead to 11-0.
Winthrop's Allen pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning, bringing the game to an end due to run rule.