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Extra Base Hits Lift Lady Flames To 6-1 Victory Over Bethune-Cookman
Five out of Liberty's 10 total hits went for extra bases helping the Lady Flames to 6-1 victory over host Bethune-Cookman, Saturday afternoon, at the Bethune-Cookman Spring Break Classic.
Liberty jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Jessica Moore led off the game with a single through the left side of the infield, while Ashley Williams tripled to the gap in right center field to drive in Moore.
Beth Hensley followed with an infield single as she lined one off the glove of Christina Trimble at third base to drive in Williams and give Liberty a two-run lead.
Bethune-Cookman trimmed the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning as lead off batter Tiffany Bowser reached first on a bunt single down the third base line. After stealing both second and third base, Bowser scored on a fielder's choice play by Andrea Thomas to cut Liberty's lead to 2-1.
The Lady Flames added to their lead in the top of the third inning as Dawn Jeffs led off the game with a triple to the wall in left field, while Beth Bennett slapped one through the left side of the infield for a base hit to drive in Jeffs.
After Bennett advanced to second on a wild pitch, the starting first baseman scored as Sarah Swor dropped in a double to the gap in right center field to give Liberty a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Flames added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning as Jeffs led off the frame with a double off the top of the wall in right center field, while Williams traded places with her with a double to the gap in right center field.
After a groundout moved Williams to third, Swor grounded to third base, but the ball went through Andrea Thomas' legs, allowing Williams to score the unearned run and push Liberty's lead to its final margin of 6-1.
Sarah Ellis upped her record to 5-0 on the year as the scattered four hits over seven innings of work, while striking and walking three batters en route to her fourth complete game of the season. Alana Gaines suffered the loss as she allowed four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of work while Viveca Patterson finished off the final 4 2/3 innings by allowing one earned run on four hits.
Liberty's top four hits all finished the game 2-for-4 with Jeffs and Williams scoring twice, while Moore and Bennett each scored once.