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Radford's Three-Run Homer Lifts Lancers to Victory over Liberty

April 24, 2007  Farmville, Va.  RSS
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Jessica Moore was 3-for-3 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader against Longwood.

Jessica Moore was 3-for-3 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader against Longwood.

Liberty mounted a seventh-inning rally, but it fell short as Emily Radford's first home run of the year lifted Longwood to a 4-3 first game victory over Liberty, Tuesday afternoon, at Lancer Field. 

With the victory, Longwood raises its season record to 20-18, while the loss drops Liberty's mark to 32-19.

The Lady Flames jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Liberty took advantage of a Longwood error. 

Dawn Jeffs grounded back to Rachel Mills in the circle, but the pitcher was unable to handle it, allowing Jeffs to reach first base. After Shannon McKain was issued a walk, Jessica Moore singled through the right side of the infield, plating Jeffs and giving Liberty the early 1-0 edge. 

The Lancers answered back in to bottom of the fourth inning with three runs on two hits. Ryan Washington reached base on a fielder's choice play, followed by Kaitlyn McKeown's hot-shot single back up the middle. 

After Amy Betterton lined out to Beth Bennett at first base for the second out of the frame, Emily Radford connected on her first home run of the year, a three-run blast to straightaway center field, staking Longwood to a two-run advantage, 3-1. 

The Lancers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Washington led off the inning with a double off the base of the fence in center field. 

After moving to third on her team-leading 21st stolen base of the year, Washington was able to cross the plate when Betterton laid down a successful suicide squeeze bunt just in front of the pitching circle, pushing the home team's lead to three runs, 4-1. 

After leaving 10 runners on during the first six innings of play, the Lady Flames finally were able to get a few across as Liberty mounted a seventh-inning rally.
Moore started the frame by singling to left, followed by Ashley Williams drawing a full-count walk. Beth Bennett singled through the left side of the infield to score Moore from second and give Liberty runners at the corners. 

Sarah Swor connected on the third pitch offered by relief pitcher Ashley Forsyth and Williams was able to score as the Lancers attempted to make the play at the plate. 

Forsyth next pitch to Courtney Johnson sailed all the way to the screen, but Radford was able to pick up the errant throw and get pinch runner Beth Hensley at the plate. Forsyth got Johnson to ground out to third and Claire Fridey swinging on an outside pitch to secure the win. 

Rachel Mills upped her record to 10-6 on the year as the hurler allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits, walking six and striking out five during six-plus innings of work. Forsyth recorded the final three outs of the game to record her third save of the year. 

Swor suffered the loss as the senior allowed four runs on seven hits during six innings of work, falling to 5-5 on the season. 

Moore led the Lady Flames from the plate as she was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and a RBI. Jeffs was 1-for-4 with a run scored, extending her hitting streak to seven games.