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Cornell Posts Shutout Win Over Lady Flames

March 22, 2012
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Kelby Allen tied her career high with three hits on Thursday against Cornell.

Cornell hit three home runs on the way to a 7-0 softball win over Liberty in game one of a doubleheader, Thursday at Liberty Softball Field.

The Lady Flames are now 6-14 after their 10th straight setback, while Cornell has a 7-8 record heading into game two.

Kelby Allen recorded all three of Liberty's hits in the opening game to tie a career high, including a double in the seventh inning. Amber Donovan reached base by way of a walk. Chandler Ball (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in three innings pitched. Alyssa DiMartino pitched four innings of relief, yielding three runs.

For Cornell, which recorded 16 hits, Kristen Towne and Morgan Cawley both went 3-for-4, while Towner hit a home run. Four additional Big Red players had multiple hits, with Linda Laeufer and Christina Villalon also hit homers. Lauren Marx (3-1) went the distance, recording a three-hit shutout.

Both teams went 1-2-3 in the first inning. Ball struck out four batters in a row, spanning the first two innings, before Towne hit a two-out solo home run in the second inning for a 1-0 Cornell lead.

Allen opened the bottom of the second with a single, and then Marx recorded outs on the next three at bats, keeping Cornell's edge at one run.

The Big Red added to its lead in the third inning, when Laeufer drove a two-run home run deep over the center field fence. Ball struck out the next batter, and the inning ended on a groundout with Cornell ahead, 3-0.

Villalon began the fourth inning by homering to center, boosting the Big Red advantage to 4-0. After DiMartino came on in relief of Ball, Cawley plated Cornell's fifth run with a single. Katie Zavodny made a running catch in center to end the top of the fourth.

Allen broke up a string of eight straight Liberty batters retired by Marx, singling to left with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. West then popped to short, closing the stanza.

Cornell added a run during the fifth inning, taking a 6-0 lead on a bases-loaded RBI single from Towne. DiMartino got out of the inning by getting the last two batters to fly out.

Following a scoreless sixth inning, Sam Creamer sent a double to left center field as the first batter in the seventh inning. Cawley drove her in with a base hit, making it 7-0, Cornell. The score remained the same until Liberty came to bat for the final time.

In the top of the seventh, Allen roped a double to center, her third hit of the contest. She was left on base as the game ended, a 7-0 Cornell win.