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No. 22 Texas A&M Hands Liberty 4-0 Loss
In a game that went scoreless through four complete innings, the No. 22 Aggies of Texas A&M scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-0 victory.
Texas A&M improves to 21-6 on the year, and extends its winning streak to seven games, while Liberty drops to 7-7 in 2011.
The Lady Flames were the first to record a hit, when Sammi Shivock extended her hitting streak to five games with a blooper single over between third and left in the top of the first. She advanced to second on a Jenny Law groundout, but was picked off during the next at-bat to end the inning.
The Lady Flames recorded hit No. 2 in the top of the fourth, when Ashley Bensinger tapped a two-out single to left. But Texas A&M starter Melissa Dumezich came up with a strikeout to end the frame, keeping Liberty scoreless.
The Liberty defense shut down the Aggies in the first three innings, making the play on nine straight outs. It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth when Texas A&M got its first base runner, coming in the form of a walk by leadoff hitter Natalie Villarreal.
She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cassie Tyarczuk, but was halted there, as the Lady Flames came up with two straight fly outs, the second of which was a diving catch by Law in right field.
The bottom of the fifth was the magic at-bat for the Aggies, as Dumezich helped her cause with a two-run homer to put Texas A&M on the board.
The Aggies didn't stop there, as a Liberty error and back-to-back doubles by Villarreal and Tysarczyk gave way to two more runs, and Texas A&M took a 4-0 lead.
Pinch-hitter Katie Zavodny put herself in scoring position in the top of the sixth for the Lady Flames, leading off with a bunt single and advancing to second on a throwing error by Dumezich. But three straight outs left her stranded, holding Liberty at zero.
Neither team generated any additional offense, allowing the Aggies to walk away with the 4-0 win.
Shivock, Bensinger and Zavodny scattered Liberty's three hits among themselves. The Aggies were led by Dumezich, who was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Johnson suffered the loss in the circle, dropping to 3-3 on the year. She gave up four hits and struck out one batter in the complete-game appearance, her team-leading fifth complete game of the season.
Dumezich (11-4) picked up the win, giving up three hits and fanning 10 Liberty hitters.
The Lady Flames are back in action tomorrow, competing in two games at the USF The Game Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. Liberty will face North Florida at 12:30, followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Long Island.