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Lady Flames Fall To Bearcats To Complete Day One At Pirate Clash
For the second-straight game, the Lady Flames ran into a solid pitching performance as Liberty fell 4-1 to Binghamton to complete their first day at the Pirate Clash hosted by East Carolina.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Nicole Vitello opened the frame by drawing a walk. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mia Bieman, Vitello crossed the plate on an RBI single to left field by Emelie Palmcrantz to give the Pirates a one-run lead.
Binghamton added to its lead in the third inning as the Bearcats capitalized on a few Lady Flames' errors to start off the frame as Lauren Verrusio led off the frame and reached second a two-base throwing error. After advancing to third on a pass ball, Verrusio scored on an infield groundout back to the pitcher to push Binghamton's lead to two runs.
The score remained the same until the fifth inning as Binghamton got into the error game as a fielding error by Rose Barre allowed Beth Hensley to reach first and later scored on a wild pitch to trim the lead in half.
But the Bearcats put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning as Barre started a two-run inning with a single to right field and later scored on a double by Bieman, while Palmcrantz drove in Bieman with an RBI single to Binghamton up 4-1.
The Lady Flames threatened in the top of the seventh inning with a Sarah Love double and a single by Jessica Moore, but starting pitcher Katie Hansen was able to halt the attempted rally and pick up the complete-game win as she allowed one run on four hits and striking out seven batters. Sarah Swor suffered the loss as she allowed four runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings of work, while striking out four batters.
The Lady Flames return to tournament action tomorrow as they faced St. Francis (9 a.m.) and Delaware (11 a.m.) to close out pool play action at the Pirate Clash.