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Lowe Leads Lady Flames Past Chanticleers with No-Hitter

April 27, 2007
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Terra Lowe tied a career high with 13 strikeouts and recorded her second no-hitter of the year in Liberty’s 4-0 opening-game victory over Coastal Carolina.

Terra Lowe tied a career high with 13 strikeouts and recorded her second no-hitter of the year in Liberty's 4-0 opening-game victory over Coastal Carolina.

Liberty scored a trio of runs in the first and left the rest of the game up to Terra Lowe as the senior tossed her second no-hitter of the year, guiding the Lady Flames to a 4-0 game one victory over Coastal Carolina, Friday afternoon, at the Liberty Softball Field to open a Big South weekend series.

With the victory, the Lady Flames raise their season record to 33-20 and 8-2 in Big South play. The loss drops Coastal Carolina to 19-31 on the year and 6-7 in league action.

In the opening contest, the Lady Flames jumped out to a quick three-run lead, thanks to three hits during their first at bat. Dawn Jeffs led off the inning by drawing a four-pitch walk, followed by Shannon McKain fighting off an inside pitch and hitting a triple into the right-field corner, plating Jeffs. 

Jessica Moore kept things going with a double to the gap in right-center field. After Ashley Williams singled to right center, Sarah Swor capped off the three-run frame by laying down a suicide squeeze bunt just up the first base line, plating a charging Moore from third and staking Liberty to an early 3-0 lead. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the third where Moore started the inning with a double off the top of the fence in center field. After moving to third on a Williams' single to left, Moore scored on Danyelle Gerdts' wild pitch, pushing Liberty's lead to four runs, 4-0. 

The Lady Flames left the rest of the game in the hands of Lowe as the senior tossed her second no-hitter of the season and the 11th in school history to up her record to 15-6 overall and 6-1 against Big South competition. Earlier this year, Lowe recorded her first career no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Norfolk State at home on March 28. 

Lowe fanned 13 batters today, including strikeouts for the first six outs of the game, to up her record to 15-6 on the year and 6-1 against league foes. The 13 Ks matched a career high when she also struck out 13 batters against West Virginia Tech on April 4, 2005. 

Danyelle Gerdts suffered the loss, falling to 6-10 on the season, as the senior allowed four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out five in six innings of work. 

The top four hitters in Liberty's line-up tallied all seven of the Lady Flames' hits, led by Moore who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles. Williams followed with her sixth multiple-hit game against conference opponents as she was 2-for-3. 

McKain added a 1-for-3 game with a run scored and a RBI. Jeffs extended her hitting streak to nine-straight games by going 1-for-2 with a run scored.