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11 Hits Lift North Florida Over Liberty
North Florida pitcher Cortney Radke fanned seven Liberty batters and the Lady Flames defense committed four errors as the Ospreys picked up a 9-3 win, Friday afternoon, at the USF The Game Tournament.
The Lady Flames drop to 7-8 on the year following the team's fourth-straight setback, while North Florida improves to 13-10.
The Ospreys took a quick lead in the top of the first, scoring two runs off of four hits. Reese and Kaley Brosky led off with back-to-back infield singles, and both advanced on a sac bunt by Alyson Bailey. Lauren Pollack drove in the first run of the contest with a single to right center, and Caroline Torre made it a 2-0 game when she singled through the left side with two outs.
The Lady Flames cut that lead in half in the bottom of the first. Sammi Shivock led off with a single through the right side, and advanced to second on a groundout by Katie Zavodny. Shivock came home on the next play, when Jenny Law singled up the middle to bring the Lady Flames back within one, 2-1.
The Liberty defense struggled in the top of the second, as North Florida picked up four more runs on one hit, four walks and a Liberty fielding error. The Lady Flames' lapse allowed the Ospreys to take 6-1 advantage.
The troubles for Liberty continued in the top of the third, as North Florida tacked another run on the board. Chie Someya led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a fielding error by Shivock. After Jackie Reese popped out, Brosky reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop, but Hendrix was safe at second on a Shivock misfire and Someya moved to third. The Ospreys scored on the next play, when Bailey grounded out to second.
The Lady Flames got a run back in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a North Florida fielding error. With one out, Zavodny made it all the way to third on a dropped ball by right fielder Thomas. She scored on the next play when Law singled through the left side, bringing the score to 7-2.
Liberty put runners on bases in the bottom of the fourth, as Bridgett Woods singled over second base, and moved to second when Keely McMillon reached on an Osprey fielding miscue. But the runners remained stranded, as Amber DePasquale struck out swinging and Shivock popped out to third.
The Ospreys added two additional insurance runs to their total in the top of the fifth, moving ahead, 9-2, on two hits and another Liberty error.
The Lady Flames tried to start a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a single to right by Kelly Strickland. After Ashley Bensinger drew a walk, Kaylee West reached on a slow-rolling infield single, allowing Strickland to score and Bensinger to advanced to second, giving the game a 9-3 mark.
Despite a two-out Bensinger single in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Flames couldn't muster any additional runs and the Ospreys walked away with the six-run victory.
North Florida had four players who finished with multiple hits, led by Bailey, who was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. The Ospreys finished the game with 11 hits, setting a new opponent high for the 2011 season.
The Lady Flames were led by Law, who was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Shivock was 1-for-3, extending her hitting streak to six games.
Katrina Johnson took the loss in the circle, dropping to 3-4 on the year after she surrendered four runs on four hits during the first 1.1 innings of work. Reliever Alyssa DiMartino gave up seven hits and struck out two batters during the remaining 5.2 innings of work.
Radke (11-8) picked up the win, giving up seven hits and two earned runs. The freshman, who came into the game averaging 6.35 strikeouts per contest, added seven more to her total during her 14th complete game of the season.
The Lady Flames continue their appearance at the USF The Game Tournament this afternoon, taking on Long Island at 3 p.m.