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Pair of Two Run Innings Give Liberty 4-1 Game One Victory over Charleston Southern
With the victory, the Lady Flames raise their record to 25-16 on the season and 3-1 in Big South play. The loss drops Charleston Southern to 13-34 and 2-8 in league action. The second game of today's doubleheader will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a quick two-run lead thanks to infield hits by Dawn Jeffs and Jessica Moore. Jeffs led off the frame with a single up the middle, followed by Moore's single to deep in the hole at shortstop.
Both runners advanced a base as Ashley Williams grounded out to third base, giving Liberty a pair of runners in scoring position. Charleston Southern starting pitcher Amanda Noble let one slide by catcher Jillian LaForce, allowing Jeffs to score and LaForce's attempted throw to get Jeffs at the plate sailed down the third base line to permit Moore to cross the plate and give the Lady Flames a 2-0 edge.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when Ashley Williams drew a walk and two batters later, Sarah Swor connected on her third home run of the year, a two-run blast that hit the batting cages in straightaway center field, pushing Liberty's lead to four runs, 4-0.
Liberty came within a strike of its sixth shutout victory of the year, but Tiffany Reid doubled to right field, plating Ashley Conway, who reached base on a single up the middle, giving Charleston Southern its lone run of the game in the top of the seventh.
Sarah Ellis upped her record to 10-6 on the year as she scattered seven hits, allowing just the seventh inning run, while fanning three batters. Nobles suffered the loss for the Buccaneers as she allowed four runs, three of which were earned on seven hits, falling to 5-16 on the season.
Swor led the Lady Flames from the plate as the designated player was a perfect 3-for-3, including the two-run homer in the sixth. Jeffs and Moore pushed their hitting streaks to seven and six games, respectively, as Jeffs was 1-for-3 and Moore was 1-for-2.
Charleston Southern was paced offensively by Jill Shondel and Conway as both players finished the game 2-for-3.