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Two Sixth Inning Homers Lift Lady Flames To Victory Over Delaware
A solo homer by Dawn Jeffs and a two-run home run by Ashley Williams in the sixth inning propelled the Lady Flames to a 3-1 win over Delaware, Saturday afternoon, at the Pirate Clash.
Liberty finished the day splitting its two games to give the Lady Flames a 6-3 record on the season and a 1-3 mark in the tournament, earning Liberty a 9 a.m. game against Fairfield in the consolation bracket. Winner of the 9 a.m. game advances to the Consolation Championship game later on Sunday.
Neither team could muster much offense over the first five innings of action as Liberty's Sarah Ellis and Delaware's Carolyn Sloat were locked in an old fashion pitcher's duel as both teams combined for just eight singles over the first five frames of the contest.
Liberty finally got to Sloat in the top of the sixth inning as Dawn Jeffs got her first homer of the year with a solo shot over the fence in right field to put the Lady Flames on the board and break the scoreless streak.
But the Lady Flames weren't done as Beth Bennett followed with a single up the middle, while Ashley Williams connected on a two-run blast well over the fence in left field, driving in pinch runner Claire Fridey and herself to give the Lady Flames a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Hens also got their offense going in the bottom half of the inning as Michelle Plant drew a walk, stole second base and scored on a base hit back up the middle by Jessica Kozlowski to halt the possible shutout and trim Liberty's lead back to 3-1.
Delaware continued to push in the bottom of the seventh inning as Kate Termini led off the frame with a single to centerfield, but Ellis buckled down and got and infield groundout and back-to-back strikeouts to end the game and pick up her second complete-game win of the year as she scattered six hits over seven innings of work and striking out six batters. Sloat suffered the loss as she allowed three runs on eight hits in a complete-game effort.
The Lady Flames finished the game with eight hits as Jeffs was 2-for-4 with a homer, while Williams and Jessica Leary with both 2-for-3 which includes Williams two-run round tripper.