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Host Hatters Claim 3-0 Victory over Liberty

March 8, 2008
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Ashley Williams got one of Liberty's three hits during its 3-0 loss to host Stetson at the Hatter Classic.

Ashley Williams got one of Liberty's three hits during its 3-0 loss to host Stetson at the Hatter Classic.

Two runs in the first and an insurance run in the second were enough for the host Hatters to hand Liberty a 3-0 blanking, closing out action on the first day of the rain-shorted Hatter Classic hosted at Patricia Wilson Field.

With the victory, Stetson moves to 17-8 on the year and 12-5 at home. The loss drops Liberty's record to 2-8-1 on the season.

A pair of walks to lead off the bottom of the first inning proved costly to Liberty's starting pitcher Tiffani Smith. Lindsay Wightman and Andrea Migliori were issued free passes to open the bottom half of the first frame.

Following an infield single by Amanda Lindsey to load the bases, Smith continued to struggle to find the plate, walking Nicole Forbes and Amanda Bailey to forcie in the game's first two runs.

Wightman struck again in the bottom of the second, leading off the home half of the inning with a double to the gap in left center. Migliori followed with a single to the same spot, plating the third baseman on what would prove to be the game's final run.

The final five innings of the game was dominated by the players inside the circle, as Lindsey and Wheeler combined to allow just four hits, all of which were singles.

The Lady Flames were the only team to threat the scoreboard over during the final five frames, getting a pair of runners on base to open the seven before Lindsey bore down to pick up her team-leading 11th complete game of the year.

Lindsey fanned nine Lady Flames and walked just one during the seven-inning shutout, scattering three hits to move to 9-6 on the year.

Smith suffered her fourth loss of the year to fall to 0-4. The freshman allowed two runs and walked third, while getting just one out in the bottom of the first.

Dana Wheeler came in to toss 5 2/3 innings of effective relief, allowing one run on four hits, while fanning five batters.

The Hatters five hits during the game were scattered among a quintet of players, led by Wightman, who was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Migliori and Amanda Bailey were both 1-for-2 with a run driven in.

Liberty's three hits come from a trio of players as well, with Cassie Hendrix and Ashley Williams going 1-for-3 and Keely McMillon going 1-for-2.

Liberty will be matched up with Hatters again tomorrow, along with another game against Presbyterian, when the set of programs close competition at the Hatter Classic.

Liberty faces Presbyterian at 11 a.m. and host Stetson at 1 p.m., with all games being played at Patricia Wilson Field. A live audio and video stream will be provided for both games, with further information at the media streams provided at www.gohatters.com.