Jenny Law and the Lady Flames dropped a 3-0 decision to Iowa State.
Iowa State starting pitcher Rachel Zabriskie fanned 12 Liberty batters to lead the Cyclones to a 3-0 win over the Lady Flames, Friday afternoon, in Charleston, S.C.
The Lady Flames did manage to string together four hits, but couldn't manage to cross the plate, taking a season-opening loss. Iowa State, who defeated Marist, 10-1, earlier in the day, improves to 8-4 on the year, while the Lady Flames drop to 0-1. The Cyclones attacked first, taking advantage of a Liberty error to score the game's first run in the bottom of the first. A fly ball to left field by Tori Torrescano got away from Meredith Crisante, allowing Heidi Kidwell to score from second. Kidwell led off the half-inning with a single up the middle. Iowa State added another run in the second inning for a 2-0 lead when Amandine Habben dropped a one-out single into left, and scored on another single to left by Carleigh Berry. The Lady Flames struggled offensively until the top of the fourth, when freshman Katie Zavodny recorded her first collegiate hit, an infield single, followed by her first career stolen base. But Jenny Law and Ashley Bensinger struck out, and Zavodny was thrown out at home when Kelly Strickland singled to shortstop. As the Liberty bats stayed quiet, Iowa State added another run to its lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Sara Davison busted a solo homer over the left field wall, giving the Cyclones a 3-0 advantage. The Lady Flames put runners in scoring position for the first time in the top of the sixth, as Amber DePasquale and Zavodny posted back-to-back singles with one out, and advanced on a sacrifice fly by Law. But Zabriskie came up with a timely strikeout, fanning Bensinger to end the inning and keep the Lady Flames scoreless. Neither team could muster any more offense, and the Cyclones walked away with the 3-0 win. Zavodny led the Lady Flames with two hits for Liberty. Tiffani Smith (0-1) threw six innings, giving up six hits and striking out one batter. The Cyclones were paced by Kidwell and Habben, who recorded two hits apiece. Zabriskie (4-1) gave up four hits and no walks. After rain in the Charleston area this morning, the tournament schedule has been altered. Liberty's game against College of Charleston, which was pushed back to 10:30 p.m., has been canceled. The Lady Flames are back in action at 10 a.m. tomorrow against Drexel.