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Liberty Hits 4 Homers in 13-5 Win Over N.C. A&T

April 10, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jill Stephens hit a career-high two home runs in a 13-5 win over North Carolina A&T, Tuesday.

The Liberty softball team registered 10 runs over the first two innings of game one on Tuesday, racing to a 13-5, six-inning victory over North Carolina A&T at Liberty Softball Field.

The Lady Flames (12-23) hit a season-high four homers as part of their 17-hit outburst. The Aggies (12-20) scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but Liberty tallied the game's next 10 runs.

Jill Stephens went 3-for-4 with three runs scored four RBIs, hitting home runs on her first two at bats to give her four homers on the season. She is the first Lady Flame with a two-homer game in 2012. Katie Zavodny and Jenny Law both recorded three hits, with Zavodny hitting a triple and Law doubling twice. Meredith Crisante and Sammi Shivock both homered in 2-for-4 efforts at the plate.

Chandler Ball (6-7) pitched her fourth straight complete game, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out six batters.

Juanita Jernigan hit 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Sabrina Edmonds went 2-for-2. Ashira Dobison (11-12) allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched.

The Aggies received a leadoff baserunner in the first inning, and Dominique Smith scored North Carolina A&T's first run on a throwing error. Juanita Jernigan stretched the lead to 3-0 with a two-run blast to left center. Ball struck out Zebresha Blakeney to end the top of the first.

Liberty quickly responded in the bottom half. Stephens slammed a two-run homer to right center with nobody out. Crisante tied the game with an RBI single to center. Hanna Nichols drove in Crisante, giving the Lady Flames a 4-3 lead. Nichols crossed the plate with Liberty's fifth run, and the Lady Flames led, 5-3, after one.

Ball retired the Aggies in order during the second frame. The Lady Flames added five runs on three homers in the bottom of the second. Stephens hit her second home run of the game with one out. Crisante followed up Law's double with a homer, good for an 8-3 advantage. Shivock belted a two-run round tripper, making it 10-3.

A scoreless third inning ensued, leaving the score at 10-3.

Sabrina Edmonds opened the fourth inning by doubling to the gap. Ball fanned two Aggies in keeping the visitors off the scoreboard. Dobison then worked around a two-out error to send the game to the fifth inning with the ledger unchanged.

With a runner on third and two outs in the top of the fifth, Jernigan plated Detavia Kenan with a single. The Aggies tacked on one more run in a bases-loaded situation, but Ball got the third out on a liner to Strickland and Liberty led, 10-5, entering the bottom of the fifth.

Liberty rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, as Zavodny hit a leadoff triple. Stephens drove her in with a single, and crossed the plate on a single by Law. The fifth inning came to a close, and Liberty held a 12-5 advantage.

Shivock, West and Strickland hit three straight one-out singles in the sixth inning. Zavodny drove in Shivock, and Liberty defeated N.C. A&T by run rule, 13-5.