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Strong Offense Leads to 4-1 Liberty Win
The Lady Flames' bats came alive in game two of a Big South doubleheader, Saturday afternoon, as 10 Liberty hits led to a 4-1 victory over Coastal Carolina.
The Chanticleers were victorious in game one, holding on for a 2-1 win.
Liberty pitcher Tiffani Smith held the home team to just three hits in a complete-game appearance.
The Lady Flames improve to 25-27 overall and 10-7 in the Big South, while Coastal Carolina drops to 23-30 overall and 7-10 in conference play.
The Lady Flames struck first, thanks to a two-out rally in the top of the second. With two outs, Kelly Strickland walked, and then scored on a double by Sammi Shivock down the left field line. After Keely McMillon reached on a Coastal Carolina fielding error, Amber DePasquale singled to left to drive in another run, giving the Lady Flames a 2-0 lead.
Jenny Law recorded a two-out hit in the top of the third with a shot between first and second base, but Strickland grounded out to end the at-bat.
Brooke Donovan recorded Coastal Carolina's first hit of the contest in the top of the third with a long single to right center field. But there were already two outs, and Jessie Winans followed up with a fly out to right field to end the inning.
The Chanticleers responded in the bottom of the fourth, as Chelsea Pineda led off with a solo home run to bring Coastal Carolina to within one run at 2-1.
Ashley Bensinger led off the top of the fifth inning with a stand-up double to left center. She stayed put when Grace Nordan singled to shortstop, and moved to third when Meredith Crisante reached on a fielder's choice grounder.
After Crisante successfully stole second, Kaylee West singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Bensinger. Next, Law hit into a fielder's choice to plate Crisantey, giving Liberty a 4-1 lead.
Strickland and Shivock kept the uprising going, stringing together back-to-back hits to load the bases with two outs. But McMillon grounded out to shortstop, sending the contest into the bottom of the fifth.
After a quiet fifth-frame at-bat by the home team, Bensinger singled to left with one out in the top of the sixth. But she stayed stranded, as the Coastal Carolina defense recorded two straight outs to keep her from advancing.
Jazmin Daigle kept the Chanticleers' hopes alive in the bottom of the seventh, leading off with a single to right center. After Sarah Maples flied out to center, Ashley Pisone popped out to shortstop. Smith then fanned Michelle Evans to end the game, sealing Liberty's 4-1 victory.
Bensinger led the Lady Flames, batting 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Shivock was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Law and DePasquale also recorded RBIs for Liberty.
The Chanticleers were paced by Pineda, who was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Smith (10-12) picked up the win, giving up three hits and one earned run, while striking out three batters in the complete-game win.
Evans (6-11) gave up 10 hits and three earned runs, while fanning two batters in seven complete innings.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow for the final contest of the three-game series.