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Stetson Stymies Lady Flames in Opening Game

March 11, 2008
|  Deland, Fla.
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Ashley Williams was 1-for-3 in Liberty's first game on Tuesday against Stetson.

Ashley Williams was 1-for-3 in Liberty's first game on Tuesday against Stetson.

For the third-straight game, the Stetson Hatters held the Lady Flames' bats in check, opening a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday with a 4-0 victory over Liberty at Patricia Wilson Field.

With the win, Stetson improves to 19-8 on the year, following its third-consecutive shutout of Liberty, who falls to 2-11-1 after the loss. The Hatters also held Liberty scoreless during two contests played over the weekend at Stetson's Hatter Classic.

The Hatters got their first two batters of the frame on during the first and second innings of the game. Starting pitcher Dana Wheeler fanned the last three batters of the first to get out the jam, but the lefty wasn't as lucky in the second.

Amanda Bailey led off the second with a single through the left side of the infield, followed by Blythe Golden dropping a perfect bunt just in front of the pitcher's circle to give Stetson a pair of base runners.

After a bunt by Amy Peters moved the two runners into scoring position, leadoff hitter Lindsay Wightman laced a two-out double off the left-center fence plating Bailey and Golden.

Andrea Migliori followed with a single up the middle to score Wightman and stake the homestanding Hatters to a three-run lead, 3-0.

Stetson tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, capitalizing on a two-out error. After pinch runner Katelyn Perna was gunned down at second on an attempted steal for the frame's second out, Leonor Carreno singled up the middle.

Nicole Forbes follow by grounding to second for what looked like it might be the inning's final out, but the bounding ball handcuffed Cassie Hendrix, allowing both runners to advance.

Stetson took advantage of the extra opportunity when Bailey singled to left field, allowing Carreno to cross the plate.

The Hatters pushed their margin to five in the bottom half of the sixth frame, thanks to Migliori's second extra base hit of the game. Amy Joyce beat out an infield single and swiped her team-leading 16th stolen base of the year.

However, the center fielder was injured on the theft and was replaced by pinch runner Rachel Lowe. Two batters later, Migloiri struck again for the Hatters, one hopping a ball off the fence in right center to drive in Lowe for the game's final run.

The remainder of the contest belonged to Lindsey, as the junior moved to 10-6 on the year with her 13th complete game and sixth shutout of the year. The hurler scattered two hits over seven innings of work, while fanning nine batters.

Her box score line almost mirrored her performance against Liberty on Saturday, when she allowed three hits over seven innings, striking out nine during the Hatter's 3-0 victory.

Wheeler suffered the loss for Liberty to fall to 1-2 on the season. The sophomore allowed four runs, two earned, on 10 hits, while striking out six batters. Tiffani Smith finished off the final inning of the contest, allowing the fifth run of the game on two hits.

The Hatters pounded out an opponent season high 12 hits, led by Migliori 3-for-4 outing with two RBI. Bailey followed by going a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Wightman was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Liberty's pair of hits came off the bats of Ashley Williams and Keely McMillon. Williams singled up the middle in the fourth and McMillon doubled to left in the second inning.

The Lady Flames will face Stetson again in approximately 20 minutes to conclude today's non-conference doubleheader against the Hatters. Following today's twinbill at Patricia Wilson Field in Deland, Fla., Liberty will continue its Spring Break tour when it moves to Orlando, Fla., where the Lady Flames will face UCF and No. 16 Baylor.