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Blue Hose Rally to Down Lady Flames, 4-3

April 21, 2012
|  Clinton, S.C.
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Sammi Shivock hit her fifth homer of the season on Saturday, giving the Lady Flames a 3-2 lead at Presbyterian College.

Liberty took a 3-2 lead on a Sammi Shivock three-run blast in the top of the third inning, but the host Presbyterian College Blue Hose rallied for a 4-3 victory, Saturday at PC Softball Complex.

Saturday's game served as a StrikeOut Cancer game, to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Pledges were taken for each of the 14 strikeouts during the game.

The Lady Flames' record stands at 17-27, 8-10 in Big South play, following its 2-1 series victory over Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose are now 15-26, 7-9 in conference contests.

Shivock went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, hitting her fifth homer of the season. Kaylee West and Kelby Allen both went 1-for-3 as well.

Chandler Ball (9-9) recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in five relief innings pitched, allowing two runs on nine hits after Alyssa DiMartino yielded two runs in the first inning.

The Blue Hose recorded 12 base hits and left 11 runners on base. Pitcher Leslie Hensley hit 3-for-4 with an RBI, and also tossed a complete-game three-hitter. Hensley struck out six and walked two.

After Hensley retired the Lady Flames in order to open the game, the Blue Hose staked a 2-0 lead in the bottom of first inning. Powell led off with a single, and scored on a double by Tarvin. Hensley then plated Tarvin with a single, good for a two-run edge.

Allen hit a single with one out in the top of the second, and went to second on a groundout by Amber Donovan. Hensley recorded a strikeout for the third out.

Ball then entered the circle in relief of DiMartino, and struck out two batters in retiring the Blue Hose during the second inning.

The Lady Flames claimed the lead with a three-run third inning. West led off with a single to center, and went to second on an illegal pitch. Jill Stephens drew a two-out walk, and Shivock hit the first pitch she saw over the fence for a 3-2 Liberty advantage.

The first two Blue Hose reached base during the bottom of the third, but Ball recorded two strikeouts to keep Presbyterian College off of the scoreboard.

Morgan Durham and Jill McLean hit consecutive singles with one out in the fourth inning. Liberty got out of the inning unscathed, as a lineout and a deep flyout ended the threat.

Presbyterian College regained the lead with three straight hits to open the bottom of the fifth inning. Erin Taylor hit a two-run single to put the hosts ahead, 4-3. Ball followed by striking out the final two batters with the bases loaded, sending the game to the sixth inning.

Liberty escaped a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the sixth inning, turning a 4-3 double play for the final two outs.

During the top of the seventh, the Lady Flames went in order on two strikeouts and a groundout, with Hensley sealing the 4-3 PC win.  

The Lady Flames remain on the road for the next two games, as the team will face Virginia in a non-conference doubleheader, which begins Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Charlottesville.