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Homers Help Hatters in Victory over Liberty
The victory, Stetson's third by shutout during the home tournament, moves the Hatters' record to 18-8 on the year. The loss drops Liberty's record to 2-10-1 on the season.
Stetson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, getting its first of two round trippers during the frame. No. 2 hitter Andrea Migliori singled up the middle to start the two-run outburst, followed by Amanda Lindsey clocking a two-run shot over the fence in left center to give the homestanding Hatters a two-run lead.
Stetson padded its advance in the third with another pair of runs. Nicole Forbes started the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Amanda Bailey put down a sacrifice bunt to move Forbes into scoring position, but Ashley Williams' throw down to first got by Beth Bennett.
Following Bailey swiping second base, Blythe Golden singled to straightaway center field, driving Forbes and Bailey to push the Hatters' margin to four runs, 4-0.
Stetson capped off the game in the sixth inning as Migliori connected on her team-leading 10th home run of the year, sending a solo shot out of the park in center.
The remainder of the game belonged to Erica Demers, who came within two outs of tossing a perfect game. The junior hurler retired the first 19 batters of the contest in order before Keely McMillon broke up the perfect game bid by singling to center field.
Following a walk and a wild pitch, Demers did manage to get out of the inning unharmed to up her record to 9-2 on the year. The righty fanned five and walked one during the complete-game shutout victory.
Sarah Ellis suffered the loss for the Lady Flames, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits. The junior went the distance, while walking seven and striking out two to fall to 1-4 on the year.
Migliori was the offensive star for Stetson, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Golden was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Liberty and Stetson are slated to tangle again on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference doubleheader at Patricia Wilson Field. The first pitch of the twinbill is slated for 5 p.m.