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Johnson's Solo Home Run Lifts Lady Flames to Victory over Highlanders

April 20, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Courtney Johnson's first career home run was good enough to give Liberty a 1-0 victory over Radford on Friday.

Courtney Johnson's first career home run was good enough to give Liberty a 1-0 victory over Radford on Friday.

Sophomore Courtney Johnson hit her first career home run and Terra Lowe tossed a three-hit shutout as Liberty opened a key Big South series with a 1-0 win over arch rival Radford, Friday afternoon, at the Liberty Softball Field.

The victory ups Liberty's record to 31-17 on the season and 6-1 in Big South play. The Lady Flames have now won six-consecutive conference games and 12 straight at home. The loss drops Radford's overall record to 34-21 and 7-3 in conference action.

The contest remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Courtney Johnson connected on her first career home run and second career extra base hit, sending a solo shot over the fence just to the right of the scoreboard in center field, giving Liberty a 1-0 lead. 

The rest of the game was placed in the hands of the two pitchers as the two teams combined for seven additional hits without scoring a run with Radford stranding three runners and Liberty leaving six. 

The Highlanders threatened to score in the top of the seventh inning when they had runners at first and second and Sarah Himan grounded to second base. However, Dawn Jeffs was unable to handle the hot shot and Cassie Rhodes attempted to score from second, but Beth Bennett was able to gun down Rhodes at the plate as Ashley Williams held on for the tag. 

Williams played a big role in the contest as the catcher kept the conference's leading base stealing team in check by throwing out three out of four potential base stealers.
Terra Lowe tossed her third shutout of the year, scattering three hits, striking out seven batters and walking three to up her record to 13-5 on the year. 

Ashley Taylor suffered the loss as she allowed one run on five hits, fanning eight batters and walking two to drop her record to 18-12. 

Johnson provided the game's only offense, hitting the team's 55th home run of the year, as the third baseman was 1-for-2 in the contest. Jeffs, Bennett and Sarah Swor were 1-for-3 from the plate and J'nae Jefferson was 1-for-2 to account for Liberty's other four hits. 

Jessica Moore was walked her first two times to the plate and fouled out to second in her final trip to the plate, ending the senior's season-best 12-game hitting streak.