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Lady Flames Shut Down Colonials, 4-0

March 4, 2018  Columbia, S.C.  RSS
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Elizabeth Engler tossed a three-hit shutout against George Washington on Sunday.

Elizabeth Engler tossed a three-hit shutout against George Washington on Sunday.

Liberty sophomore Elizabeth Engler tossed a three-hitter, as the Lady Flames shut out George Washington, 4-0, Sunday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.

Liberty (13-5) improves to 3-1 at this weekend's Carolina Classic, while the Colonials (9-7) went winless in four games in Columbia. The Lady Flames defeated George Washington, 7-3, yesterday, and will finish off their time at the Carolina Classic with a 12:30 p.m. game against Marshall today.

For the game, Liberty outhit GWU, 11-3, while neither team committed an error.

Engler (1-0) pitched her first career complete-game shutout, yielding three hits while walking three and striking out a career-high five batters.

Sierra Lange fell to 4-4 with the loss, giving up two runs on eight hits, walking one and fanning four. Ashley Pilcher pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits.

Tori Zavodny and Taylor Hoffman both went 3-for-4 for the Lady Flames, while Zavodny recorded her team-leading fourth triple of the season. Amber Bishop batted 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

Three different Colonials registered one hit apiece, with Elena Shelepak hitting a double. 

Amber Bishop singled to right with one out in the top of the first, and Sarah Robertson hit a two-out infield single before stealing second. Jaclyn Amader then flied out to medium deep left center field.

Engler worked around a leadoff walk, keeping the Colonials off the board in the first inning.

Hoffman lined a single up the middle to lead off the second and stole second base with two outs. Lange then fanned Jasmeen Click to get out of the inning.

Shelepak hit a leadoff double during GWU's second time up. A groundout sent her to third before Morgan Rinehart walked. Engler got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

Autumn Bishop drew a leadoff walk in the third, and a one-out single by Zavodny gave Liberty two baserunners. Robertson then got robbed by shortstop Marta Fuentes on a liner before Amader fouled out to right.

Liberty broke through in the top of the fourth, as Hoffman singled and Deidra See drove an RBI double to left. See went to third on a passed ball, but Lange kept her there by retiring the next two batters to keep it 1-0.

Zavodny legged out a triple with one out in the fifth. Amader boosted Liberty's lead to 2-0 by dropping a double down the line in right. Lange got out of the inning without further damage.

With two on and two out in the fifth, Engler fanned pinch hitter Alessandra Ponce to keep the shutout bid intact.

Relief pitcher Pilcher walked See to start the sixth. She later walked Click. With runners at second and third and two outs, Amber Bishop lined a triple to left center to make it 4-0. Zavodny then bunted for a base hit and stole second. Robertson lined out to second, ending the rally.

Hoffman lined a one-out single to left in the seventh, before See lined into an inning-ending double play.

Engler completed the shutout with a scoreless seventh inning