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Lady Flames Fall to Campbell in Big South Finale
The Liberty softball team struck first on Saturday, before Campbell responded with 12 runs to defeat the Lady Flames, 12-7 at Liberty Softball Field.
The Lady Flames (18-31) conclude their Big South regular-season schedule at 9-12. Campbell is now 27-26 overall and 10-8 in conference games after a 2-1 series victory this weekend.
With one weekend of conference play remaining, seeding for the 2012 Big South Softball Championship will be announced next Sunday, May 6.
Liberty hit three homers and two doubles on the afternoon. Sammi Shivock went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. Meredith Crisante hit 2-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting her team-high ninth homer of the season. Kelby Allen batted 2-for-4 and scored a career-high three runs.
Campbell recorded 16 hits, including three each from Taylor McGee, who hit two homers, and Kerstine Womack. McGee and Womack both also scored three runs.
Julia Callicutt (7-7) earned the victory for the Camels, allowing five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings in relief of starter Olivia Scarborough.
Alyssa DiMartino (8-18) sustained the loss, yielding 10 earned runs while striking out four Camels in six innings pitched. Chandler Ball closed out the final inning in relief.
Following a three-hour rain delay, the teams took to the field to start the game.
The Lady Flames took a 2-0 lead during their first time at bat. Allen hit a single as Liberty's leadoff batter, and Crisante drove her in by homering to right center with two outs.
With two on and two outs in the top of the second, Forgacs drove a liner to right center, but Crisante robbed her with a sliding catch to keep the score at 2-0.
Amber Donovan walked with one out during the second frame, and went to third when Kaylee West reached on an error. Scarborough got out of the inning unscathed, however, as Allen grounded out to short to end the inning.
Following a scoreless third inning, the Camels put runners on second and third with a pair of hits to lead off the fourth. DiMartino retired the next two batters before Womack tied the game with a two-RBI single. Womack later scored on an error, giving the Camels a 3-2 lead.
Jill Stephens opened the bottom of the fourth with an opposite-field double, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jenny Law. She was left on base, as Callicutt recorded the final two outs.
Campbell tacked on two runs in the fifth inning. McGee hit a solo homer, good for a 4-2 lead. Shaela Churchill followed with a double, and scored on a single by Erica Johnson.
Bridgett Woods was hit by a pitch as Liberty's fifth-inning leadoff batter. Shivock then brought the Lady Flames to within one, 5-4, with a two-run homer to left.
The Camels built their lead to five with a four-run sixth. Stephanie Jones plated a pair with a double. McGee followed with her second homer of the game, a two-run shot that gave Campbell a 9-4 lead.
Walks to Law and West gave Liberty two two-out baserunners in the bottom of the frame. Callicutt got Woods on a liner to end the rally.
Campbell added three insurance runs during the top of the seventh inning, extending its lead to eight, 12-4.
Allen started the Lady Flames' seventh-inning rally with a leadoff homer to left. Shivock reached on an infield single, and Crisante drove her in with a double down the line. Liberty added another run on an RBI groundout, making it 12-7. A popout on the infield brought the game to a close.
Liberty will travel to Blacksburg on Tuesday, to face Virginia Tech of the ACC. The doubleheader between the Lady Flames and Hokies will begin at 4 p.m. at Tech Softball Park.