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Liberty Overpowers Cornell, 9-1

March 24, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jenny Law drove in two runs as Liberty beat Cornell, 9-1.

Jenny Law drove in two runs as Liberty beat Cornell, 9-1.

The Liberty offense sparkled in game two of a doubleheader, Thursday afternoon, to defeat the Big Red of Cornell, 6-1, in six innings.

Liberty's 13 hits was a switch from earlier in the day, when they dropped a 10-6 decision in the first contest.

The Lady Flames improve to 9-12-1 on the year, while Cornell drops to 6-10-1.

The Lady Flames attacked first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Katie Zavodny led off with an infield single, and promptly stole second. One out later, Zavodny scored when Jenny Law singled to center field, giving Liberty the early advantage.

Cornell responded with a run in the top of the second, tying it up, 1-all.

After Erica Gaeta led off with a double to left field, J.J. Briggs singled through the left side. Pitcher Katrina Johnson came up with a strikeout, fanning Katie Watts for the first out.

After a groundout, Jenny Edwards reached on a fielding error by Bridgett Woods at shortstop, and Gaeta crossed the plate. Briggs tried to follow, but was thrown out at home by Katie Zavodny in left field.

The Lady Flames regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Amber DePasquale led off with a double to left center, and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Zavodny. DePasquale then came home when Keely McMillon narrowly missed a homer to center field, as Marissa Amiraian made the catch, allowing DePasquale to tag up and give Liberty a 2-1 lead.

Liberty managed to load the bases in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Strickland singled on a liner off the pitcher. An out later, Kaylee West singled through the right side, and Strickland advanced to third.
Bridgett Woods then drew a walk, but the runners stayed put when DePasquale flied out to center field.

The Lady Flames padded their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Zavodny led off with an infield slap single, and McMillon drove her in with an RBI single up the middle.

Liberty didn't stop there, as Law singled through the left side to move pinch runner Marybeth Sciolino to second, and Bensinger walked to load the bases with nobody out.

After Strickland flied out, designated player Meredith Crisante hit a deep sac fly to center field, scoring Sciolino and giving Liberty a 4-1 lead. That run was Sciolino's first career run scored.

Liberty exploded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs to end the game. Pinch hitter Jill Stephens led off with a single to right, and DePasquale followed with a single through the left side to move Stephens to third. After DePasquale logged a stolen base, Zavodny singled up the middle for an RBI to bring in the first run of the frame.

After McMillon was intentionally walked, Law drew a walk for an RBI, scoring DePasquale. Bensinger then stepped up for an RBI single through the left side, and Strickland doubled to left center to bring in the game-winning runs.

Zavodny was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored to lead Liberty, while Law was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs.

Cornell had five different players record single hits during the contest.

Johnson (5-3) picked up the win, giving up five hits and striking out four batters in six complete innings.

Cornell starter Ali Tomlinson drops to 2-5 with the loss, after giving up eight hits and tossing three strikeouts in four innings of work.

Liberty is back in action on Saturday, hosting Radford for a Big South Conference doubleheader. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m.