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Liberty Completes Sweep to Post Seventh-Straight Victory
The pair of victories on the day ups Liberty's record to 29-16 on the year and moves the Lady Flames' winning streak to seven-straight games and 14 out of their last 16 contests. The two setbacks for the Hornets dropped Lynchburg College's record to 27-10 on the season.
The two wins also pushes Liberty's home record to 11-0 on the year, marking the longest home winning streak in school history. The Lady Flames won nine straight over the course of two seasons in 1996 and 1997 and tied the mark with nine consecutive last year.
Lynchburg College jumped out to an early lead as Elizabeth Perkins hit her eighth home run of the year, sending a solo shot just inside the left-field foul pole to give the Hornets a 1-0 edge.
However, the advantage was short-lived for the visitors as Liberty plated three runs on two hits during the bottom half of the frame.
After starting pitcher Larissa Roscher walked the first three batters of the inning, Ashley Williams singled to right field, allowing Jeffs to cross the plate. Two batters later, Bennett doubled to the gap in left center, driving in McKain and Williams to allow Liberty to take the lead by two runs, 3-1.
Liberty added to its lead in the second inning as a pair of fielder's choice plays gave the Lady Flames two additional runs. With runners at the corners, Moore laid down a successful suicide squeeze bunt, allowing a hard-charging Jeffs to score from third.
After Williams singled to the gap in right center to load the bases, Swor grounded into a fielder's choice play, scoring McKain to push Liberty's lead to four, 5-1.
The Lady Flames put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth as Liberty exploded for four more runs on a quartet of hits. Jeffs led off the frame with a double to the gap in left-center field, followed by a RBI base hit to center field by McKain.
McKain moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Moore's single down the first base line. Williams followed with her second home run of the day and eighth of the year. The junior's two-run blast, which sailed into the batting cages in center field, gave Liberty all the offense it needed.
Williams was the offensive star of the contest as the catcher was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Both Jeffs and McKain finished the game at 2-for-2 with three runs scored apiece.
Terra Lowe upped her record to 11-5 on the year, tying Sarah Ellis for the team lead in victories. The senior allowed one run on two hits, walking two and fanning nine batters, including the final out, to give her 100 strikeouts on the season.
Roscher suffered the loss, yielding three runs on two hits during 1 2/3 innings of work. Lauren Ewing allowed six runs on seven hits during the remainder of the game.
The Lady Flames continue non-conference action tomorrow when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to square off against UNC Greensboro. First pitch of the afternoon doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m.