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Liberty Claims Series Finale at Coastal Carolina, 4-2
Liberty scored two runs during both the sixth and seventh innings to secure a 4-2 victory over Coastal Carolina, Sunday at Coastal Carolina Softball Field.
The Lady Flames improve to 15-26, including 6-9 in Big South play, with the victory. Coastal Carolina is now 32-15 with a 9-6 conference mark, following a 2-1 series victory over the Lady Flames.
The Chanticleers led, 1-0, entering the sixth inning, but two-run base hits by Grace Nordan and Sammi Shivock put the Lady Flames ahead for good.
Chandler Ball (8-8) pitched a complete-game four hitter, striking out five Chanticleers. Four Lady Flames recorded one hit apiece, with Shivock and Amber Donovan each collecting a double. Shivock and Nordan both had two RBIs during Sunday's contest.
Ashley Bagwell (9-7) allowed four runs on just three hits through 6 1/3 innings of work, before Kiana Quolas closed out the game for Coastal Carolina with two strikeouts. Sarah Maples went 2-for-3, and Quolas went 1-for-2 with a home run for the Chanticleers.
After retiring the first five Liberty batters in order, Bagwell hit Donovan with a pitch during the top of the second inning. She then struck out Hanna Nichols to end the Lady Flames' half of the frame.
Quolas drew a leadoff walk in the second inning, and pinch runner Kelsey McNaughton went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ball fanned Stacy Snellings for the third out, sending the scoreless game into the third stanza.
Kaylee West walked as the first batter during the third frame. Jenny Law reached on an error, but Bagwell recorded a strikeout and a flyout to keep the Lady Flames off of the scoreboard.
The Chanticleers claimed a 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI double from Maples in bottom of the third. Ball then got Kory Hayden to pop out, ending the frame.
Meredith Crisante reached by way of a walk in the fourth inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice by Kelby Allen. Bagwell fanned the next two batters to close out the top of the fourth.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Law sent a single to center for Liberty's first base hit. She remained on base when Jill Stephens registered the third out by popping to second.
Liberty received a leadoff baserunner, when Shivock walked in the sixth inning. Shivock advanced one base on a groundout and was erased by a fielder's choice. Donovan followed by slamming a double into the left center gap with two outs, and Nordan gave Liberty a 2-1 lead with a two-run single to center.
The Chanticleers tied the game at 2-2, when Quolas slugged a home run over the fence in center with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Bagwell hit Strickland with a pitch to open the seventh inning, and Strickland stole second. Law sacrificed pinch runner Marybeth Sciolino to third. Stephens then walked, and Quolas came on to pitch. Shivock greeted her by hitting a double to give Liberty a 4-2 lead. Quolas struck out the final two batters to close out the inning.
Jessie Winans hit a two-out single to keep the Chanticleers' hopes alive in the seventh, but Brooke Donovan flied out to center to end the contest.
The Lady Flames return home, and will host James Madison for a doubleheader on Wednesday. Game one of the twin bill at Liberty Softball Field is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.