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Lady Flames Remain Unbeaten With 8-1 Victory Over Hampton
The Lady Flames used a five-run fifth inning to break open a tight battle en route to a 8-1 win over Hampton, Saturday morning, at Boseman Field in the Seahawk Classic, while the victory keeps the Lady Flames' perfect season alive as Liberty has won all three games at the season-opening event.
In the first game of the day against Hampton, Liberty jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Jessica Moore led off the game with a fly ball to right field, but Julia Stallings dropped the potential out and Moore advanced all the way to third on the miscue. Dawn Jeffs followed by dropping down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt down on the first base line to plate Moore and give the Lady Flames a one-run lead.
The score remained the same until the top of the fourth inning as Maggie Wolfe doubled off the wall in left field and advanced to third base on a fielding error by Moore on a ground ball by Camille Whittaker to shortstop, while Wolfe crossed the plate on a successful double steal play as pinch runner Jennifer Gonzales stole second and Wolfe took home to knot the game at 1-1.
The Lady Flames broke things open in the bottom of the fifth inning as Liberty scored five runs on three hits and capitalized on two Hampton errors. Beth Hensley started the frame off as she was struck by a pitch, while Moore reached base on a fielding error by Whittaker at shortstop. Jeffs followed with a single to left field, loading the bases for Beth Bennett who grounded to Whittaker, but her throw to the plate got passed Jennifer Gonzalez, allowing Hensley and Moore to score.
Ashley Williams followed with a two-RBI double down the left field line, driving in Bennett and Jeffs, while Julie Carroll plated the final run of the frame with an RBI single back up the middle to drive in Williams and give the Lady Flames a 6-1 lead.
The Lady Flames padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Hensley led off the inning with a double to straightaway center field, while Moore followed with a single to right field. Two batters later, Bennett grounded to short again, but this time Angela Basler dropped the ball at first base to allow Hensley to score, while Moore scored on a wild pitch to give Liberty its eighth and final run.
The Lady Flames pounded out nine hits on the morning with Moore, Jeffs and Williams all going 2-for-4 from the plate, while Moore scored three times and Jeffs and Williams each crossed the plate once. Carroll was 1-for-2 with the RBI single, while Hensley was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Sarah Ellis picked up her first career victory as the freshman scattered two hits over seven innings of work, while fanning eight batters and allowing just the unearned run in the fourth. Kera Mathes suffered the loss as she allowed six runs on six hits in four innings of work, while Teresa Liggins finished the final two innings and allowed two runs on three hits.
The Lady Flames will conclude pool play action later on today when they face UMBC at 2 p.m. at Haggert Field. With a victory, Liberty would advance to tomorrow's championship game of the Championship Bracket at 3 p.m., while a loss could drop Liberty into a game at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the title game.