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Liberty Posts 8-Run Inning in 9-6 Win Over Hampton
Liberty scored eight runs during the second inning, propelling the Lady Flames to a 9-6 win over the Hampton Lady Pirates in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lady Pirates Softball Stadium.
The Lady Flames (14-23) have won four games in a row, while the Lady Pirates are now 13-24 after sustaining their sixth straight defeat.
Liberty recorded 11 hits, including three each from Meredith Crisante and Kaylee West. Crisante, West and Jill Stephens all drove in two runs apiece. Eight different Lady Flames crossed the plate during game one.
Chandler Ball evened her season record at 7-7, allowing four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. Alyssa DiMartino picked up her first save of the year with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
Nina Ferguson, Kelsei Saunders and Brooke Boykin registered two hits apiece, with Boykin collecting a double and scoring two runs for Hampton.
Travonna Byrd (6-12) allowed nine runs on 11 hits during her complete-game effort.
After Byrd retired the Lady Flames on three groundouts in the top of the first inning, Ferguson walked to open the bottom of the frame and moved to third base with two outs. However, Ball was able to get Margaret Wilkins grounded out to close out a scoreless first inning.
The Lady Flames broke the game open by scoring eight runs during the second inning. Shivock drove in Crisante with a bases-loaded single, plating the first run of the uprising. West sent a two-RBI single to right, and Allen scored on an error, upping the visitors' advantage to 5-0. Stephens plated a pair of runs with single, to extend Liberty's lead to 7-0 with nobody out. She then scored on a Crisante single, giving the Lady Flames an 8-0 advantage.
The Lady Pirates answered with two outs in the bottom of the second. Shine Huwe reached base on an error, and Boykin followed by singling up the middle. Huwe and Boykin both scored on a throwing error, trimming the deficit to 8-2 before a strikeout quelled the rally.
West hit a triple off the right-center wall during the third frame, but stranded during Liberty's half of the inning. Ball allowed one hit to the Pirates, and the 8-2 game went to the fourth stanza.
Ball pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning to keep the score at 8-2. A scoreless fifth frame followed.
In the sixth, Stephens walked with one out, and advanced to third on a single by Law. An infield single by Crisante plated Stephens to build the Lady Flames' lead to seven at 9-2. Liberty threatened for more runs, but Hampton allowed no more runs to score during the frame.
Hampton recorded five singles during the bottom of the sixth, including back-to-back RBI base hits by Boykin and Adrianna Scott. Rebecca Magett singled to left with the bases loaded, drawing Hampton within four, 9-5. DiMartino then entered the game as a relief pitcher, and the hosts scored one more run before a groundout ended the sixth with Liberty ahead, 9-6.
Shivock hit a triple to lead off the seventh inning, and remained on base as the next three Lady Flames recorded outs. Hampton sent just three batters to the plate during the seventh, and DiMartino closed the book on Liberty's 9-6 victory.