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Buffalo Blanks Liberty, 5-0
Buffalo pitcher Holly Johnson held the Lady Flames to four hits, as the Bulls picked up a 5-0 win over Liberty, Saturday afternoon, at the USF The Game Tournament.
The Bulls ripped 11 hits in the contest, with eight different batters recording hits.
Liberty drops to 8-10 on the year, while Buffalo improves to 4-18.
The Bulls jumped on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom of the opening frame. A walk and two Buffalo hits loaded the bases with nobody out, before starter Tiffani Smith struck out Jessica Griffin for the first out. The Bulls scored on the next play though, when Andi Saucier bunted for an RBI single, giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
Smith struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
The Bulls put the bat on the ball again in the bottom of the second, scoring two more runs on four hits. With two outs, Ashley Berlot bunted a single, and moved to third when Alex Bejarano singled over Kelly Strickland's head at second. Both runners scored on the next play, when Alyssa Ward singled to right field, and Buffalo moved to a 3-0 advantage.
Ashley Bensinger made sure no runners made it into scoring position in the bottom of the third, as she caught Kristin Waldron trying to steal second. Waldron had reached on a one-out single, and Smith fanned Holly Luciano to end the inning.
Strickland ripped a double to left that nearly cleared the fence in the top of the fourth. But there were already two outs, and a deep fly to left by Bensinger kept the Lady Flames from scoring.
The Bulls were able to add two runs to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, moving the score to 5-0. Pinch-hitter Tori Pettine singled to right center, and was safe at second on a Liberty throwing error when Waldron reached on a bunt. Luciano then singled through the right side to load the bases.
On the next play, Kelli Gleiser singled to left center to bring in two runs, and the Bulls extended their lead to five.
Despite a Bensinger hit in the top of the seventh, the Lady Flames couldn't string together any more offense, and Buffalo walked away with the win.
Sammi Shivock led the Lady Flames, batting 2-for-3 at the plate, and Strickland extended her hitting streak to four games.
The Bulls were paced by Ward, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Johnson picked up the win in the circle to improve to 3-7, giving up four hits and striking out eight batters in the complete-game shutout.
Smith (3-4) gave up 11 hits and fanned eight in six complete innings.
The Lady Flames will conclude their appearance in the USF The Game Tournament tomorrow, facing off against No. 21 Texas Tech at 9:30 a.m.