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Home Runs Abound Allowing Lady Flames to Take Big South Series from Highlanders

April 21, 2007
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Dawn Jeffs hit two home runs, including a two-run walk-off shot in the sixth, helping Liberty take a key Big South weekend series from arch rival Radford.

Dawn Jeffs hit two home runs, including a two-run walk-off shot in the sixth, helping Liberty take a key Big South weekend series from arch rival Radford.

For the second-straight game, Liberty hit four home runs, including a two-run walk-off homer by Dawn Jeffs in the sixth, giving the Lady Flames a 9-1 victory over Radford, Saturday afternoon, at the Liberty Softball Field. 

With the victory, the Lady Flames take the key Big South weekend series which pitted the top two teams in the conference, upping Liberty's record to 32-18 on the season and 7-2 in conference action. The loss drops Radford's overall record to 35-22 and 8-3 in league play. 

The Lady Flames wasted little time taking the lead as Jeffs sent the second pitch offered by starting pitcher Ashley Taylor over the fence in right-center field for the team's 60th round tripper of the year. 

Jessica Moore kept the first inning going for Liberty as the senior's batted ball to shortstop was misplayed by Cassie Rhodes, allowing Moore to reach first. Ashley Williams added a single deep in the hole at short, followed by Beth Bennett lining a shot off of Hope Creasy's glove at third which rolled into short left field and allowed Moore to score from second. 

Sarah Swor capped off Liberty's three-run first frame as the designated player connected on a single to left with the ball getting by Amanda Davidson to allow Bennett to score and stake Liberty to a three-run lead, 3-0. 

The Highlanders got on the scoreboard in the top of the third as Alex Roderick led off the inning with a solo home run to left, marking her seventh homer of the year, to cut Liberty's lead to two runs, 3-1. 

Liberty added to its lead during the bottom half of the inning as Moore was issued a walk to start the inning, followed by Williams' two-run blast well over the fence in center field, her 10th of the season and fourth on the week. 

The Lady Flames added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Moore hit a solo home run to left center, her team-leading 16th of the year. Williams followed by reaching on Radford's third error of the afternoon and crossed the plate as Swor popped up to second, but Jenn Everhart lost the ball in the afternoon sun, pushing Liberty's lead to six runs, 7-1. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth when Courtney Johnson led off the frame with a single down the left field line. Two batters later, Jeffs ended the game with her third multiple home run game of the year, hitting a two-run shot deep over the fence in straightaway center field. The dinger was Jeff's 13th of the year and the 13th home run hit by both teams during the three-game weekend series (nine by Liberty). 

Jeffs led the Lady Flames offensively as she was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Williams followed closely behind as the catcher was 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored and two RBI and Swor was 2-for-3. 

Carlson added three more hits to her already Radford single season record total as the center fielder was a perfect 3-for-3, followed by Everhart's 2-for-3 outing at the plate. 

Lowe picked up her second victory in as many days as the senior scattered eight hits and allowed one run during 4 1/3 innings of work, fanning five to up her record to a team-best 14-6. Swor finished off the final 1 2/3 innings of the game by allowing just a single hit to record her third save of the year. 

Taylor suffered her second-straight Big South loss as the junior hurler was roughed up for three runs, just one earned, on five hits during 2/3 innings of work. Bre Felix finished off the final 4 2/3 innings of the contest, allowing six runs, five of which were earned, on five hits. 

The Lady Flames return to the softball diamond on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Farmville, Va., to square off against Longwood for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Highlanders are also on the road on Tuesday as they travel to Boone, N.C., to take on Appalachian State for a 3:30 p.m. twinbill.