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Lady Flames Bats Come Alive In Doubleheader Sweep Over Lynchburg College
The Lady Flames' hit total reached double figures in both games of a doubleheader swept over Lynchburg College, 5-1 and 11-1 in five innings, in a pair of non-conference games played today at the Liberty Softball Field.
With the sweep, the Lady Flames up their record to 31-16 overall this year, marking the first time since the 2000 season that Liberty has reached the 30-win plateau in a season and the sixth time since the program was reinstated in 1994.
In the first game, the Lady Flames jumped out to a quick one run lead in the first inning as Jessica Moore led off the bottom of the inning with a triple down the right field line, while Dawn Jeffs drove her in with a single down the left field line.
The Hornets tied the game in the top of the second as Morgan Austin was struck by a pitch, while Kirstin Swank followed with a RBI double down the right field line to plate pinch runner Brandie Brown and knot the score at 1-1.
Liberty regained the lead for good in the bottom of the second as the Lady Flames capitalized on a two-out error by Lynchburg College as Swank wasn't able to handle a throw to first that allowed Jessica Leary to reach and keep the inning alive.
Moore was hit by a pitch, while Jeffs followed with a RBI single to center field to plate Leary and allow Liberty to regain the lead. Beth Bennett capped off the inning with a single to the gap in left center field to drive in Moore and Jeffs, giving Liberty a 4-1 edge.
The Lady Flames added an insurance run in the sixth inning as Moore doubled down the left field line, while Jeffs followed with her third RBI single of the game as a ball back up the middle allowed Moore to score the game's final run.
Sarah Swor allowed just one run on one hit, while striking out six batters in seven innings of work to up her record to 11-8 on the season. Ali Manns suffered the loss as she allowed four total runs, one earned, on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work, while Micah Smith finished off the final 4 1/3 innings of work by scattering six hits and allowing the final run.
Jeffs recorded her first four-hit game of the year to lead the Lady Flames from the plate as she was 4-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. Moore followed as she was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Bennett (2-for-4) and Shannon McKain (2-for-3) also finished with two hits.
In the second game, Moore led off the bottom of the first inning with her team-leading 16th home run of the year, sending a solo shot over the fence in right center field.
Liberty added four more runs in the second inning as a sacrifice fly by Leary allowed Beth Hensley to scored, while third-consecutive singles led to three runs, including a two-RBI base hit down the left line by Jeffs and a RBI single up the middle by Bennett.
Lynchburg College got on the scoreboard in the third inning as the Hornets strung together three-straight hits, starting with a single to right by Brittany Allsop, while two batters later, Lauren Lancaster drove her in with an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.
However, the Lady Flames put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as Liberty plated six runs on five hits, while Liberty batted around the order.
The six-run frame was highlighted by a RBI double by Sarah Swor, a two-RBI single by Beth Hensley and a pair of RBI base hits by Jeffs and Leary.
Terra Lowe picked up her second win in as many days as the junior scattered six hits and allowed just an unearned run, while striking out five batters to pick up her team-leading 12th victory.
Barbie Miles suffered the loss as she allowed five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings of work, before Larissa Roscher (2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) and Smith (1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB) finished off the rest of the game.
Five of Liberty's nine starters finished the game with two hits with Jeffs going 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Leary was 2-for-2 with a runs scored and two RBI to lead the squad.
The Lady Flames will begin a four-series conference swing this weekend when they make the "Beach Swing" by squaring off against Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina on Friday and Saturday in a pair of road contests.