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Solo Homers Lift Liberty Over Stetson
Solo homers by Bridgett Woods and Amber DePasquale, firsts of the season for both batters, helped lead the Lady Flames to a 4-0 shutout victory over Stetson, Saturday afternoon, at the Stetson Classic.
Liberty, now 7-4 on the year, will face Iowa tomorrow in the Stetson Classic championship game at 10 a.m.
Stetson is now 12-11 in 2011.
After two quiet innings, Woods single-handedly gave the Lady Flames a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, when she ripped her first home run of the year. The homer was a solo shot that bounced off the scoreboard in left center field.
Liberty's Sammi Shivock led off the top of the fourth with a single to short center field, and then avoided the tag by second baseman Alyssa Oddo on a Jenny Law grounder, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Shivock and Law both advanced when Ashley Bensinger grounded out to second. Shivock then scored during the next at-bat on a wild pitch by Camille Czarnecki, giving Liberty a 2-0 lead.
The Hatters made a threat in the bottom of the fourth, when Katelyn Perna drew a one-out walk and moved to third when Czarnecki doubled to left center. But the Lady Flames made sure those runners stayed stranded, as Chelsea Whalley grounded out to third and pinch hitter Rachel Lowe popped out.
DePasquale recreated Woods' bomb when she knocked a solo homer off the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning to extend Liberty's lead to 3-0.
A Stetson miscue in the top of the seventh contributed to another Liberty run, giving the Lady Flames a 4-0 lead. After Woods led off with a walk, pinch runner Katie Zavodny advanced to second when Meredith Crisante laid down a well-placed sacrifice bunt. DePasquale followed up with a single to right center, allowing Zavodny to score when center fielder Chrissy Morello let the ball get away from her.
Despite back-to-back two-out singles by Oddo and Jordan Cleghorn in the bottom of the seventh, the Hatters couldn't muster any runs in their final at-bat, as Brittany Knipp grounded out to end the game.
DePasquale led the Lady Flames, batting 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Woods was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Cleghorn paced Stetson, batting 2-for-3 for the game.
Liberty starter Katrina Johnson picked up the win in the circle, improving to 3-2 on the year. She gave up four hits and struck out four batters in the complete-game shutout.
Czarnecki (7-4) took the loss, giving up five hits and three earned runs.
The Lady Flames will play at either 10 a.m. tomorrow, facing Iowa for the third time in three days.