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San Diego State Blanks Liberty, 7-0

February 22, 2018  Cathedral City, Calif.  RSS
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Amber Bishop had a hit against San Diego State on Thursday.

Amber Bishop had a hit against San Diego State on Thursday.

Coming off of a dramatic, 3-2 win over North Carolina earlier on Thursday evening, the Liberty softball team fell to San Diego State, 7-0, tonight at the Big League Dreams Complex in Cathedral City, Calif.

The Lady Flames (9-2) went 1-1 on day one at the Mary Nutter Classic, while SDSU (4-8) won its opener at the classic.

Liberty managed just four hits off of Marissa Moreno (2-2), who struck out four and walked two in seven innings pitched. That included giving up hits to the first two batters she faced in the game.

Chase Cassady (3-1) drew the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits, walking one and striking out three in 5 2/3 innings of work. Elizabeth Engler pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking one.

Molly Sturdivant went 2-for-4 for SDSU, including a grand slam and four RBI. Katie Byrd, Shelby Thompson and Megan Smith added two-hit games for the Aztecs.

Four different Lady Flames had one hit apiece, in Autumn Bishop, Amber Bishop, Alexia Taylor and Sarah Robertson.

Byrd singled to right center with one out in the first inning before going to second on a wild pitch. A Sturdivant single put runners on the corners before Taylor Adams grounded into a fielder's choice for the third out.

Autumn Bishop hit a leadoff single for the Lady Flames in the first. Amber Bishop followed with a single, but Autumn Bishop was thrown out at third on the hit. Moreno retired the next two batters.

The Aztecs put together a five-run second inning to take control of the game early on. A pair of singles and a fielder's choice loaded the bases with nobody out. After two outs, Byrd lined an RBI single to center. Sturdivant followed with a grand slam, good for a 5-0 SDSU advantage.

Liberty put two runners on in the bottom of the second, as Robertson singled and Kaitlin McFarland drew a walk. Moreno worked through trouble, getting a fielder's choice to end the inning.

SDSU stranded two runners in the third and one in the fourth before adding on a fifth-inning insurance run. Thompson hit a one-out double before later scoring on Smith's double with two outs, good for a 6-0 lead.

The Lady Flames rallied with two outs in the sixth, as Tori Zavodny walked and Taylor singled to center. Moreno kept her shutout bid intact by getting Jaclyn Amader to ground out the second.

San Diego State scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh, boosting its lead to 7-0.

Moreno completed the four-hit shutout with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Liberty will play two games tomorrow at the Mary Nutter Classic, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET against UC Davis.  The Lady Flames will then take on the No. 3/4 UCLA Bruins at 11 p.m. ET