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Lady Flames Win Seventh-Straight With Victory Over Central Connecticut State
Liberty scored two early runs, Sarah Swor came to pick up her first save of the year and shut down the Blue Devils to lead the Lady Flames to a 2-1 win over Central Connecticut, Friday afternoon, in the first game at the Bethune-Cookman Spring Break Classic.
The win marks the Lady Flames' seventh-straight victory to account for the team's season best winning streak.
The Lady Flames wasted little time as Liberty took a one-run lead in the top of the first inning as Jessica Moore led off the frame by drawing a walk. After Moore stole second base, Ashley Williams chopped one over the head of Jessica Caron at third into left field to allow Moore to score and give Liberty a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Flames added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning as two fielding errors gave Liberty a 2-0 lead. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Jessica Leary kept the inning alive by reaching first after a fielding error by Melissa Pelletier at shortstop.
Moore followed with a single to right field, while Jeffs grounded to Pelletier again, but the shortstop's throw to first base sailed down the right field line, allowing Leary to score the insurance run on the throw error.
The Blue Devils cut Liberty's lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning as Karen Costes led off the inning with a single to center field, while a wild pitch allowed the left fielder to move into scoring position. After getting back-to-back flyouts, Deb Munson singled to left field, but the ball got passed Beth Hensley and allowed Costes to score from second and pull Central Connecticut State within a run.
However, after the single by Munson, Sarah Swor was brought in to relieve starting pitcher Sarah Ellis and the junior picked up her first save of the season by retiring seven straight batters, including five strikeouts to secure the Lady Flames seventh-straight victory.
Ellis picked up the victory as the starter allowed just the unearned run on five hits, while walking three and striking out four batters.
Samantha Keltos suffered the loss as she allowed two runs on seven hits, while walking five batters and striking out two in a complete-game effort.
Williams led the Lady Flames from the plate as she was 2-for-4 with a RBI, while five other players finished the game with Liberty's remaining five hits.