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Lady Flames Fall To Coastal Carolina In Second Game Of Make-Up Doubleheader
It took an extra few days, but Coastal Carolina and Liberty were finally able to make up the second game of their scheduled April 22 doubleheader with Coastal Carolina taking the game, 5-0, Saturday afternoon, at CCU Softball Field.
The two teams were only able to get one game in on April 22 as inclement weather surrounded the entire day, forcing the Lady Flames to return to Coastal due to the Big South Conference's make-up policy. Liberty won the first game 2-1 on an eighth inning base hit by Beth Bennett.
With the loss, the Lady Flames' record falls to 38-19 on the season and 7-3 in Big South Conference play. Liberty still stands three wins short of the school record for wins in a season as the 1999 squad won 41 games.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when Kristina Shepard started the frame with a single to right field. Pitcher Christine Doyle laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Shepard into scoring position, but Dawn Jeffs was unable to handle the throw at first base, allowing Shepard to move to third on the play.
And Coastal Carolina would take advantage of the mistake as three batters later, Sara Hostetler was able to come up with a two-out single to right field to plate Shepard and give the Chanticleers an early 1-0 lead.
The Chanticleers added to their lead in the third inning as Meagen Johnson connected on her team-leading 16th home run of the season, sending a solo shot over the fence in right field. Ashley Gerdts followed by drawing a walk, while two batters later, Doyle dropped in a double to the gap in right center field to plate Gerdts and give Coastal Carolina a 3-0 edge.
Coastal Carolina added an insurance run in the fourth inning as Hostetler was issued a walk to start the inning, while Allison Cantrell followed with a single bunt base hit just in front of the pitcher's circle. After a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance, Johnson was issued an intentional walk to load the bases, while a pass ball allowed everyone to advance and score Hostetler to give the Chanticleers a 4-0 lead.
Johnson put an exclamation mark on the afternoon as she connected on another solo home run to left field in the sixth inning, giving her second of the day and 17th of the year to give Coastal Carolina its final run of the afternoon.
Doyle upped her record to 16-7 on the season as she scattered two hits over six innings of work, while fanning seven batters before Johnson finished off the final inning in relief by striking out the side.
Terra Lowe suffered the loss for the Lady Flames and falls to 14-8 on the season as she was roughed up for three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work, before Sarah Ellis (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) and Sarah Swor (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) finished off the game.
Liberty mustered up just two hits on the afternoon as Beth Bennett had a first inning double to right field, while Swor had a single to right in the fifth inning.
The Lady Flames will conclude their regular schedule on Monday when they host Winthrop in Big South doubleheader at the Liberty Softball Field. First pitch of the afternoon is scheduled for 3 p.m.