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Cassady, See Lead Liberty Past UNCW in NISC Regional Opener
Liberty sophomore Chase Cassady tossed a career-high 12 strikeouts, while classmate Deidra See homered and drove in three runs, as Liberty opened NISC Regional play with a 4-0 victory over UNCW, Tuesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.
The win was Liberty's first postseason victory in program history. The Lady Flames (39-22) advance in the winner's bracket, and will face Ohio (40-16) tomorrow at 3 p.m. UNCW falls to 33-19-1, and will meet Campbell (29-28) in an elimination game tomorrow at noon.
Liberty has tied the 2010 Lady Flames for the third-most wins in program history. Tuesday was Liberty's 15th shutout victory of the year.
Cassady (6-7), making her first start since April 15, tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out a career-high 12 batters and walking three. It was her third shutout of the season and fourth for her career.
Sarah Davis (15-7) drew the loss, allowing four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one in 3 2/3 innings of work. Reliever Laurel Koontz pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out one.
See went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI, while Autumn Bishop batted 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored.
Hannah Adamczyk went 2-for-3 for UNCW, while Kali Jones batted 1-for-3.
The Lady Flames jumped ahead early, striking in the first inning. Amber Bishop hit a leadoff single. After recording two outs, Davis plunked Alexia Taylor and walked Sarah Robertson. See then came through with a two-run single to center for a 2-0 lead. Davis fanned Kaitlin McFarland for the third out.
Taylor Hoffman led off the bottom of the second with a single. Three nice defensive plays got UNCW out of the inning unscathed.
Cassady pitched into and out of a jam in the top of the fourth, walking Rachel Willis and giving up a single to Adamczyk. She kept the shutout intact with a popout and two strikeouts.
See quickly boosted Liberty's lead to 3-0 with a leadoff blast to left in the fourth stanza. McFarland followed by singling up the middle. After a pair of sacrifice bunts, Autumn Bishop lined an RBI double to left for a 4-0 advantage. Koontz came on in relief of Davis, retiring all seven batters she faced.
Cassady yielded a hit to Adamczyk with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. However, the Liberty right-hander cruised to the finish, striking out the final four Seahawks in order.