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Lady Flames Advance To Seahawk Classic Championship Game With Shutout Win Over UMBC
Starting pitcher Terra Lowe allowed just a single in the third inning, while hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to help guide the Lady Flames to a 5-0 win over UMBC, Saturday afternoon, at Haggert Field in the Seahawk Classic.
Along with its win over Hampton earlier in the day, Liberty starts its season 4-0 for the second-straight year as the Lady Flames won their first four games to start the 2005 season, earning a spot in the championship game of last year's Seahawk Classic where Liberty eventually lost to East Carolina.
Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Beth Bennett connected on her first career home run, sending a 3-0 count over the wall in left field to lead off the frame.
The Lady Flames added to their lead in the fourth inning as Jessica Moore was able to draw a two-out walk. After stealing second base, the starting shortstop crossed the plate to give Liberty a 2-0 lead on an RBI double to the gap in left-center field off the bat of Dawn Jeffs.
Liberty capped off the game with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Claire Fridey reached on a single to right field, while starting pitcher Terra Lowe helped out her own cause with her third career home run, a two-run shot well over the fence in straightaway center field, to seal the victory for Liberty.
Lowe tossed her fifth career shutout on the afternoon, allowing just a single up the middle by Kali Shirk in the third inning, while striking out five batters and issuing two walks to pick up her first victory of the year. Jessica Taylor suffered the loss for UMBC as she allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of work, while Brittany Boyd finished off the last 1 1/3 innings of the game by allowing one run and walking four batters.
Jeffs led the Lady Flames from the plate as she finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, while Bennett was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and the solo homer. Sarah Love and Fridey each finished the game 1-for-3 with Love getting a double in the second and Fridey scoring in a run in the fifth, while Moore was 1-for-2 with a run scored in her fourth-straight game.
With the four-straight victories to start the season, the Lady Flames advance to the championship game of the Championship Bracket. The game will be played at Boseman Field and Liberty will face the winner of the 1 p.m. game with the two teams for the 1 p.m. game to be determined by games later on today.