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Presbyterian College Downs Liberty, 4-1, in BSC Second Round

May 10, 2012
|  Radford, Va.
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Sammi Shivock went 1-for-3 and drove in Liberty's lone run in a 4-1 setback to Presbyterian College on Thursday night in the 2012 Big South Softball Championship.

The No. 7 seed Presbyterian College Blue Hose defeated No. 6 seed Liberty, 4-1, behind a one-hitter from Leslie Hensley, to eliminate the Lady Flames from the 2012 Big South Softball Championship, late Thursday evening.

The Blue Hose (20-32) advance to compete in Friday's fourth game, where they will face the loser of No. 1 seed Radford and No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb at 4:30 p.m. The defending Big South champion Lady Flames end their season at 19-36.

Sammi Shivock went 1-for-3 and drove in Liberty's lone run during the third inning to make it 2-1.

Presbyterian College scored four runs on eight hits with four errors. Tera Powell went 3-for-4 and Cat Tarvin hit 2-for-4.

Grace Nordan (1-4) sustained the loss by giving up two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. Alyssa DiMartino pitched the final 4 1/3 innings, yielding one earned run on four hits.

Hensley (11-16) tossed a complete-game one-hitter, striking out seven Lady Flames.

Powell led the game off with a single, and stole second. Nordan then struck out the next two batters and got the third out on a grounder to short. The Lady Flames went in order during the bottom of the first.

After a three-batter Presbyterian College second inning, Jill Stephens reached by way of an error with one out in the bottom of the frame. Hensley got out of the inning with a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.

The Blue Hose took a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally in the top of the third. After Powell and Tarvin hit back-to-back singles, Shelby Petik plated both runners with a single to right field. DiMartino came on in relief of Nordan, and fanned Morgan Durham for the third out.

The Lady Flames capitalized on two PC errors in the third inning. With two outs, Kelby Allen sent a high popup to right field that was misplayed by Tarvin. Strickland then reached on an error by the shortstop. Shivock sent an RBI single to right, slicing the deficit to one, 2-1, before Meredith Crisante flied out to end the inning.

DiMartino pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning, and Hensley answered by setting down the Lady Flames in order in the bottom half.

Presbyterian College recorded three straight base hits to open the fifth inning, with Tarvin hitting an RBI single to drive in Jill McLean. The Blue Hose loaded the bases with one out before Padgett Harrington drove in PC's fourth run with a single. DiMartino tossed a strikeout to leave the bases loaded and the Blue Hose ahead, 4-1.

The Blue Hose went in order on three groundouts during the top of the sixth. Crisante reached on an error with two outs in the bottom half, breaking up Hensley's streak of retiring nine batters in a row. A popout brought the sixth stanza to a close.

A three-batter PC seventh ensued, ending in a 5-4-3 double play. Trailing 4-1 and down to their last at bat, the Lady Flames were retired in order to seal the Presbyterian College victory.