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Liberty Drops 7-0 Decision to Monmouth
The Liberty softball team faced Monmouth in its second game at the Aggie Invitational, dropping a 7-0 decision to the Hawks on Sunday.
The Lady Flames record evens at 6-6 on the season, while Monmouth is now 4-2 in 2012. The last time these two teams had faced each other was March 15, 2002, a Liberty win nearly 10 years ago.
In Sunday's first game, the Lady Flames recorded four base hits, with Monmouth's defense limiting Liberty's scoring opportunities. The Hawks turned a pair of double plays on the afternoon.
Katie Zavodny, Grace Nordan, Kelby Allen and Bridgett Woods recorded hits for the Lady Flames. Alyssa DiMartino (3-4) drew the loss, allowing four earned runs. Reliever Chandler Ball yielded one run on two hits, striking out six batters in five innings.
For the Hawks, Kayleena Flores went 3-for-3, while Tish Derer batted 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Lauren Sulick earned her third win of the season with six innings of three-hit ball, and Alissa Schoelkopf pitched one inning of relief.
Sammi Shivock drew a leadoff walk to open the game, and moved to second as Meredith Crisante also walked. A pair of groundouts provided the final two outs of the Liberty first.
Monmouth broke through with one out in the bottom of the first, when Kayla Weiser doubled to left field. Her double plated Derer for a 1-0 Hawks advantage. Schumacher drove in Vanessa Cardoza with a single, making it 2-0. A grounder to short closed the first inning.
The Hawks extended their lead to six runs in the top of the second. Derer sent a double to center with the bases loaded, plating a pair. Ball then came in to relieve DiMartino. Cardoza registered a sacrifice fly, and extra run scored on an errant throw on the play. Ball struck out Derer to quell the rally.
Woods hit a single as the first batter of the third inning, but a 1-6-3 double play erased Woods and Shivock. Zavodny kept the inning alive, singling to center and stealing second base. Sulick struck out Crisante for the third out.
Both Ball and Sulick settled in during the middle innings. Ball retired four batters in a row, spanning the third and fourth, and Sulick held Liberty scoreless through the fifth stanza.
Monmouth added one run on an RBI single in the fifth inning by Flores. The Hawks loaded the bases with two outs, but Ball struck out Derer to keep the score at 7-0 headed into the sixth.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Nordan hit a one-out single to left field in the seventh. Hanna Nichols then drew a walk. Schoelkopf recorded the final two outs, on a flyout and a strikeout.
Liberty and Monmouth will face off again at approximately 8:15 p.m. today, to end the abbreviated Aggie Invitational.