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Lady Flames Fall To Stony Brook In 11 Inning Thriller To Open 49er Classic

March 10, 2006  Charlotte, N.C.  RSS
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The Lady Flames dropped their first extra inning game of the year as Liberty fell 5-4 to Stony Brook in an 11 inning thriller to open play at the 49er Classic, Friday afternoon, at Phillips Softball Classic.

Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as Dawn Jeffs, who left the game in the first inning after being injured on a stolen base attempt, returned to the line-up to record a solo homer to center field to give the Lady Flames a one-run lead.

Stony Brook answered back in the bottom half of the frame as Marissa Fleury led off the inning with a single to right field, while two batters later Kelsi Fanelli connected on a two-run homer to left field to give the Seawolves a 2-1 edge. The long ball continued to play a factor in the top of the fifth inning as Terra Lowe led off the inning with a solo homer to straightaway center field to knot the score at 2-2.

The Seawolves regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Laura Bradford led off the inning with an infield single down the first base line. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Westphal and a passed ball, Bradford crossed the plate on another infield single as Hayley Durham hit one deep in the hole to shortstop to allow Stony Brook to take a 3-2 lead.

Liberty tied the game in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Flames capitalized on two Seawolves errors as Ashley Williams reached first on a fielding error by Bradford at shortstop. Beth Hensley followed with a single to center field to move Williams into scoring position, while the starting catcher scored on a throwing error by Molly Kestranek as the second baseman threw a ball away on a ground ball by Terra Lowe to tie the game at 3-3.

Neither team could score in the seventh inning, sending the contest into extra innings where both teams scored in the eighth as Williams drove in Jessica Moore on a sacrifice fly in the top half of the inning, while a RBI single up the middle by Fanelli drove in pinch runner Kelly Oberto.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the 11th inning as Fanelli led off the inning with a fly ball to center field, but the ball glanced off the glove of Shannon McKain, giving the Seawolves runners at second and third as Suzanne Turek, who started the inning at second as part of the international tiebreaker rule, advanced to third on the play.

After an intentional walk was issued to Christina Voth to load the bases, Bradford sent a hard shot to second base, but Jeffs wasn't able to make the throw to the plate in time to get Turek who scored the game-winning run.

Angela Andrews picked up the win in relief of Sarah Hoffman as Andrews allowed two unearned runs on three hits in six innings of work, while Hoffman allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of action. Lowe was the tough luck loser as the junior allowed two unearned runs on just one hit in 5 1/3 innings of action and striking out six batters, while Sarah Ellis allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

Jeffs led the Lady Flames offensively as she finished the game 3-for-5 from the plate with a RBI and a run scored, while Hensley was 2-for-4.