Denay Griffin hit her first career homer, Friday against Illinois.
Illinois scored twice in the top of the first and pulled away with a five-run seventh, downing Liberty 8-2 on Friday at Eddie C. Moore Complex.
The Fighting Illini (1-0) opened their season with a win at the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic, while the Lady Flames fell to 0-2 with losses to Kentucky and Illinois.
Illinois is one of 13 straight Power 5 opponents for the Lady Flames to open the 2020 season. Liberty plays a total of 21 games versus Power 5 teams this season.
Scoring Summary Illinois – 1st INNING – Stauffenberg singles, Demers and Steiner advance, Powell scores, 1-0
Illinois – 1st INNING – Wingerter reaches on a fielder's choice, RBI; Stuaffenberg out at second, Demers advances to third, Steiner scores, 2-0
Illinois – 3rd INNING – Wingerter flies out to right, sac fly, Steiner scores, 3-0
Illinois – 7th INNING – Stauffenberg singles, Gallardo scores, 4-0
Illinois – 7th INNING – Davis homers, Ryono, Wingerter, Stauffenberg score, 8-0
Liberty – 7th INNING – Griffin homer, Hudson scores, 8-2
Notable Numbers - Illinois outhit Liberty, 11-4. The Lady Flames committed four errors compared to one for the Fighting Illini. - Illinois pitcher Sydney Sickels (1-0) earned the win, striking out three and yielding three hits in six innings. Morgan Scivally allowed two runs on two hits in one inning of relief. - Megan Johnson made her first start as a Lady Flame after transferring from Butler Community College. Johnson (0-1) drew the loss, allowing three unearned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Emily Kirby allowed five runs (one earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief. - Avrey Steiner batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Danielle Davis hit 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Shelby Stauffenberg batted 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
- Four different Lady Flames registered hits, including Denay Griffin, who hit her first career home run in the seventh.
Turning Point - Illinois got on the board with two unearned runs in the top of the first. The Fighting Illini pulled away with a five-run seventh.
- For the second game in a row, Liberty scored two runs in the seventh inning. Griffin hit a pinch-hit two-run homer for Liberty's only scoring.
Beyond the Box Score - Illinois now leads the all-time series 2-0 over Liberty, as the first meeting between these two teams came on March 14, 2003. - Griffin is the first Lady Flame to record a pinch-hit homer since Sydnei Lester against Georgetown on Feb. 12, 2012.
- The Lady Flames have scored four runs so far this season, with all four runs coming in the seventh inning.
- Amber Bishop, Caroline Hudson and Madison Via all recorded hits in both games today.
Up Next The Lady Flames will play two games tomorrow at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Liberty will take on No. 22 Auburn at 10 a.m. before facing Mississippi State at 12:30 p.m.
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