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Lancers End Their Season with Comeback Victory over Lady Flames

April 24, 2007  Farmville, Va.  RSS
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Dawn Jeffs recorded her 31st multiple hit game of the year in Liberty's second contest against Longwood.

Dawn Jeffs recorded her 31st multiple hit game of the year in Liberty's second contest against Longwood.

Longwood capped off its 2007 season with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Liberty as Kaitlyn McKeown's three-run seventh-inning double gave the Lancers the win, Tuesday afternoon, at Lancer Field in Longwood's final game of the year.

With the two setbacks on the day, Liberty's record falls to 32-20 on the year. The afternoon losses mark the first time the Lady Flames have been swept in a doubleheader since dropping two to No. 1 Tennessee on March 26 in Knoxville, Tenn. Longwood finishes its season at 21-18.

The Lady Flames plated the first two runs of the nightcap as Liberty mounted a two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning. J'nae Jefferson started the two-run burst by dropping in a perfect bunt single to shortstop. 

Dawn Jeffs followed by hitting her second career triple, scoring Jefferson from first on the three-base hit to the gap in right center. Shannon McKain added a double to right field, plating Jeffs and giving Liberty a 2-0 lead. 

But the advantage was short lived as Longwood plated two runs on three hits during the bottom half of the inning. Emily Radford led off the inning with a single that fell just a few feet in front of the plate. 

Two batters later, Kristina Garrison added the second infield single of the inning with a base hit to second. After Caitlyn Hooe was issued a four-pitch walk, Courtney "Pepper" Wilson, playing in her final game in a Lancer uniform, singled to the gap in left-center field with the senior's base hit driving in pinch runner Ava Schmitz and Garrison to knot the score at 2-2. 

Liberty quickly answered back in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Flames plated two runs on two hits to regain control of the game. 

Ashley Williams started the two-run inning by drawing a walk. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beth Bennett, Williams scored on Sarah Swor's double off the fence in left field. Beth Hensley followed by singling to center field to drive in pinch runner Kristina Jerry and give Liberty a two-run lead, 4-2. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh where the Lancers plated three runs on two hits to rally for the victory. 

Garrison led off the frame with a bunt single over a charging Bennett at first. After getting the next two batters out, relief pitcher Terra Lowe walked back-to-back batters, setting the stage for Kaitlyn McKeown. The freshman lined a triple into the corner down the left-field line, plating a trio of runners to give the home squad a thrilling come-from-behind victory. 

Rachel Mills picked up her second victory of the afternoon, this time in relief as the hurler erased all three of the batters she faced to up her record to 11-6 on the year. Ashley Forsyth started the game and allowed four runs on 10 hits during six-plus innings of work. 

Lowe suffered the loss in relief of starter Sarah Ellis as Lowe allowed three runs on two hits during 2 1/3 innings of work where she walked three and fanned five. Ellis allowed two runs on six hits during the first 4 1/3 innings of the game. 

Four different players each had two hits for Liberty, led by Jeffs' 2-for-4 game with a run and a RBI, marking the senior's team-leading 31st multiple hit game of the year. McKain was 2-for-4, followed by Beth Hensley and Jefferson finishing the contest 2-for-3 to account for Liberty's other leading hitters. 

The Lady Flames return to Big South Conference action this weekend when they host Coastal Carolina for their third-straight home weekend series. The two squads will square off twice on Friday with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 2 p.m., followed by the single-game series finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.