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Three in the Fourth Gives Presbyterian Win

March 9, 2008
|  Deland, Fla.
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Shannon McKain collected her eighth career triple during Liberty's match-up with Presbyterian.

Shannon McKain collected her eighth career triple during Liberty's match-up with Presbyterian.

A three-run fourth inning gave the Blue Hose the lead for good, allowing Presbyterian to claim a 4-1 victory over Liberty, Sunday morning, to open the final day of competition at the Hatter Classic.

With the victory, the Blue Hose improve their record to 8-13 and close out play at the rain-shortened event. The loss drops Liberty's mark on the year to 2-9-1.

The Blue Hose were the first to strike, scoring one in top of the first. Amanda Miller got the frame started with an infield single down the third base line. Following a sacrifice bunt, Miller advanced to third on a stolen base and scored on a wild pitch to give Presbyterian the early 1-0 advantage.

Liberty knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Beth Bennett reached base by drawing a walk and was replaced by freshman Elena Lampman at first as a pinch runner. And the speedy runner was able to score during the next at bat, when Shannon McKain tripled to right field to drive in Lampman and tie the game.

However, the lead was short lived as the Blue Hose took control of the game with three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Jenny Box started the three-run burst by drawing a walk, followed by Paige Cassady helping out her own cause with a single to right.

The single set the stage for Taylor Staten to clock her second home run of the year, connecting on a three-run blast to left field and give the Blue Hose all the runs they would need.

Liberty tried to get back into game, getting two bases runners in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings; however, Cassady and Mary Gordon halted both attempted rallies to secure the victory.

Cassady was the victor in the contest, moving her record to 3-3 on the year. The sophomore allowed one run on four hits, while walking and striking out six during 6 2/3 innings of work. Gordon picked up her first save of the year by getting the final out of the contest.

Tiffani Smith suffered the loss for Liberty, as the freshman allowed four runs on four hits during four-plus innings of work. She walked six and struck out two to fall to 0-5 on the year.
Both squads pounded out four hits during the contest, with the quartet of hits being recorded by eight different players.

Bennett led the Lady Flames by going 1-for-2 with a run scored, followed by McKain's 1-for-3 with a run driven in on her eighth career three-base hit.

On the Presbyterian side of the box score, Miller and Cassady led the Blue Hose by going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Liberty is scheduled to close out its stay at the Hatter Classic against host Stetson at 1 p.m., later on this afternoon.