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McKain Ends Game with Three-Run Homer Against Georgetown

March 31, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Shannon McKain hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, ending Liberty's 10-2 game against Georgetown.

Shannon McKain hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, ending Liberty's 10-2 game against Georgetown.

Shannon McKain capped off Liberty's second five-run inning of the game, hitting a three-run home run to secure a 10-2 victory over Georgetown in Game 4 of the Blue Ridge Thunder Softball Tournament, Saturday morning, at the Liberty Softball Field.

With the victory, the Lady Flames raise their record to 20-14. The win gives the Lady Flames' the 20th win of the season, marking the third-straight year and the 10th time since making the move to the Division I level Liberty has surpassed the 20-win plateau.

The Lady Flames wasted little time taking control of the game as Liberty scored five runs on four hits in the first inning. 

After a leadoff walk to Dawn Jeffs, back-to-back infield singles by Shannon McKain and Jessica Moore plated Jeffs for the first run. 

Two batters later, Beth Bennett singled through the right side of the infield, setting the stage for Claire Fridey to hit her first career grand slam and her second home run in as many days, with the four-run blast to right giving Liberty a 5-0 lead. 

The Hoyas got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning as Katharine Lang led off the frame with an infield single, followed by Demetria Cipriano's first home of the year as the third baseman hit a two-run homer to left field, trimming Liberty's lead to three runs, 5-2. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth when Liberty exploded for five more runs on three hits to end the game. 

Beth Bennett started the inning by drawing a walk, followed by Fridey's single up the middle. Two batters later, pinch hitter Jessica Leary doubled off the base of the fence in right field, plating Bennett. 

J'nae Jefferson kept things going for the Lady Flames with a successful suicide squeeze to score Fridey and McKain, ending the game when she connected on her second homer of the year, a three-run round tripper off the flag pole in center field to end the contest. 

Sarah Swor was the victor in the game, upping her record to 4-3. She allowed two runs on six hits, striking out three batters to move her within three strikeouts of becoming the school's all-time strikeout leader. Swor has 444 career strikeouts and currently stands just two behind Ali Thompson who finished her career (2000-02) with 446 Ks. 

Offensively, Fridey and McKain paced the Lady Flames with multiple-hit games. McKain was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI and Fridey was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four RBI on the first-inning grand slam. 

The Lady Flames will take a few minutes off before returning to the Liberty Softball Field when they take on Hampton at 1 p.m. to conclude pool play in the Blue Ridge Thunder Softball Tournament.