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Georgetown Pulls Away from Liberty, 8-0

February 28, 2014  Charlotte, N.C.  RSS
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Blair Lawrence batted 1-for-1 for the Lady Flames against Georgetown on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Blair Lawrence batted 1-for-1 for the Lady Flames against Georgetown on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Georgetown used a six-run sixth inning to pull away for an 8-0 win over Liberty on Friday, in the first game of the 49er Invitational at Phillips Softball Complex.

With the win, Georgetown's second victory over the Lady Flames this season, the Hoyas improve their record to 4-6. Liberty enters Friday's game against Charlotte holding a 2-11 mark, including six straight setbacks.

Georgetown's Lauren O'Leary (2-4) threw a complete-game, six-hit shutout, striking out four Lady Flames.1

Annah Jo Brittingham (1-6) yielded eight runs (three earned) on seven hits, walking seven and fanning two in 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Hannah Slovacek batted 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for Georgetown, while Elyse Graziano went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Five different Lady Flames recorded one hit apiece, in Kelby Allen, Katie Zavodny, Kassidy McCoy, Megan Robinson and Blair Lawrence.

The Lady Flames loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third. Robinson hit a leadoff single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Allen and Zavodny both followed with singles of their own. O'Leary worked out of the jam, with a strikeout and a popout as the final two outs.

The Hoyas entered the scoring column during the third inning. Graziano drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Grace Appelbe sent her to third with a single, and then Graziano scored on a Slovacek groundout. After walking two batters to load the bases, Brittingham got stranded three with a groundout.

Georgetown added one run to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Henry drew a walk with one out, and went to third when Appelbe reached on an error. Slovacek then made it 2-0 by singling to right. A fielder's choice brought the fourth inning to a close.

O'Leary and Brittingham both pitched scoreless fifth innings, leaving the score at 2-0 heading into the sixth.

The Lady Flames staged a two-out, sixth-inning rally. Holly Seiz bunted, and made it first on a throwing error. McCoy then smashed a single to third, sending Seiz ahead to third base. Pinch runner Sciolino stole second. Grace Nordan popped out, and Georgetown maintained its two-run advantage.

Georgetown put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth stanza, scoring six times on four hits, while the Lady Flames recorded three errors. Slovacek hit a two-run, bases-loaded double for a 4-0 advantage. After the Hoyas scored three more runs, Alexandria Antilla ended it with an RBI double.

The Lady Flames are taking on the host Charlotte 49ers, in a game that started at 1:15 p.m.