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Strong Hitting Leads Lancers Past Liberty
The visiting Longwood Lancers posted an 11-3 win over the Liberty Lady Flames during game one of a doubleheader, Saturday at Liberty Softball Field.
The Lady Flames honored five seniors, Meredith Crisante, Jenny Law, Kelly Strickland, Kaylee West and Bridgett Woods, before the game.
Longwood improves to 29-25 on the season, while the Lady Flames are now 18-34 following five straight defeats.
Liberty hit two homers, with Bridgett Woods and Jill Stephens going yard. The Lancers countered with four home runs, including two from Brooke Short.
The Lady Flames had three hits during game one, with Woods, Stephens and Meredith Crisante all registering base hits.
Longwood connected for 12 hits, as Short went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Kori Nishitomi hit 3-for-4 as well, and Courtney Long had a two-hit game.
Libby Morris (13-13) earned the win by allowing three runs on three hits in four innings of work.
Alyssa DiMartino (8-19) sustained the defeat with 1 2/3 innings where she allowed four runs on four hits.
The Lancers put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first inning. Short drove in Leta Bressin with a groundout, giving Longwood a 1-0 lead. DiMartino got Ashley Kramer to ground out to end the top of the first.
Following a 1-2-3 Liberty first, the visitors added three runs to their advantage. Leigh Sexton hit an RBI single, and Brittney Latka lined a two-run homer to make the score 4-0 with one out in the top of the second. Chandler Ball then entered the circle in relief of DiMartino, and recorded the final three outs.
Short led off the top of the third with a solo home run. Ball left two runners on base, getting Latka to fly out to close the inning.
The Lady Flames put their first run on the board when Woods drove a homer over the fence in left center with two outs in the bottom of the third.
Longwood responded by scoring a pair in the fourth, on RBI base hits from Megan Baltzell and Short to make it 7-1. Liberty quelled the rally when Kramer lined into a 6-3 double play.
Crisante kept the bottom of the fourth inning alive with a two-out infield single. Stephens followed by homering to left center to trim the deficit to four, 7-3.
The visitors added four more tallies in the top of the sixth, on two-run homers by Short and Jordan Cox.
Kelby Allen reached on an error to open Liberty's sixth time at bat. Strickland moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sammi Shivock walked to give the Lady Flames runners on first and second. A pair of grounders resulted in the final two outs, and Longwood won by run-rule, 11-3.