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St. Louis Plates One in the Fifth for Win
The victory is the second straight for St. Louis since entering Florida and raises the Billikens' record to 7-12 on the year. The loss drops Liberty record to 2-19-1, marking the program's 13-straight setback to set a new school record for consecutive losses.
Both teams had chances to score early, as the two squads combined to strand 10 runners during the first four innings of action.
Liberty left one in the first, following a Cassie Hendrix single to lead off the bottom of the frame, while the Lady Flames strung together three hits in the second, but could not squeeze one across.
A two-out double by J'nae Jefferson and a walked issued to Shannon McKain in the third gave Liberty its fourth and fifth runners left on base of the game, while an error on a batted ball by Keely McMillon gave Liberty a chance in the fourth.
The Billikens finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning, plating the game's first and only run on three hits. Allison Hopke led off the frame with a single to center field.
Two batters later, Caitlin Trevillyan laced a single to left, followed by Rachel Heet doubling to the gap in left center to drive in Hopke and give St. Louis the early 1-0 lead.
Liberty continued to strand runners in the fifth and sixth innings, getting a single by Ashley Williams in the fifth and a double by Beth Bennett in the sixth, but leaving the pair of runners.
The Lady Flames mounted one more charge to make a dent on the scoreboard in the seventh. Hendrix beat out an infield single to short, while Williams singled through the left side of the infield to give Liberty runners at first and second with one out.
Jefferson followed by lofting a ball to left field, which Heet appeared to catch, but the streaking shortstop dropped the ball. Trevillyan picked up the ball charging from left, tossed it to third to get Hendrix at third and Jefferson at first to end the game.
Floccari was able to scatter a Liberty season-high nine hits over seven innings to pick up her first victory of the year (1-5). The righty walked one and fanned six during the victory.
For the fourth-straight start, Sarah Ellis allowed two or fewer earned runs, but the junior still walked away with a loss to fall to 1-10 on the year. The righty allowed the lone run in the fifth, while giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out seven in her second-consecutive start.
For the second-straight game, Liberty stranded a considerable number of runners. Yesterday, the Lady Flames left 11 runners on without scoring in a 1-0 loss to Dartmouth over eight innings. This morning Liberty left nine runners on base without scoring a run against the Billikens.
Liberty outhit St. Louis, 9-7, in the first of two games on the day. Three Lady Flames finished with multiple hits during the contest. Williams was a perfect 2-for-2, coming into the line-up in the fifth inning. Bennett followed by going 2-for-3 and Hendrix was 2-for-4 from the dish on the morning.
St. Louis was paced offensively by Hopke, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate, while scoring the game's only run. Trevillyan helped by going 2-for-3, while Heet was 1-for-3 with the RBI single the fifth.
The Lady Flames will wrap up their 2008 Spring Break swing in the Sunshine State with a second game against St. Louis, with the opening pitch scheduled to begin 20 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.