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Liberty Completes Sweep of Campbell with 2-Hit Shutout

March 28, 2015  Buies Creek, N.C.  RSS
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Kenzie Friesen tossed a two-hit shutout on Saturday at Campbell.

Kenzie Friesen tossed a two-hit shutout on Saturday at Campbell.

Liberty shut out Campbell for the second game in a row, as redshirt sophomore Kenzie Friesen pitched a two-hitter in a 3-0 win. The victory completed a doubleheader sweep for Liberty, as the Lady Flames won the first game of the twinbill, 4-0.

The Lady Flames evened their season record at 15-15, and improved to 4-1 in Big South play. Campbell fell to 18-15, 1-6 in conference games.

Prior to today, the last time that Liberty posted back-to-back shutouts was May 13, 2011, when the Lady Flames blanked both Winthrop (3-0) and Gardner-Webb (1-0) at the Big South Softball Championship.

Friesen (4-6) hurled her first career shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out five and walking two. She has allowed three or fewer hits in each of her three complete games this season.

Campbell senior Julia Callicutt (8-4) drew the loss, yielding three runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking four.

Freshman Tori Zavodny went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, hitting a double and her team-leading fourth home run of the season. Senior Kelby Allen also homered, moving into a tie for sixth in program history with 25 career home runs. Senior Megan Robinson went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, extending her hitting streak to 14 contests.

For Campbell, senior Camise Patterson and sophomore Bailey Bjorson had one hit apiece.

The Lady Flames jumped ahead quickly, scoring in the top of the first. Zavodny singled and stole second. Robinson then roped an RBI double to center, good for a 1-0 lead. Callicutt fanned Allen and freshman Madison Kotchey for the final two outs.

Two Camels reached base during the second inning, as freshman Lia Batchelor and Camise Patterson drew walks. Friesen then induced an inning-ending groundout.

Liberty tacked on two runs, extending its lead to 3-0 in the third stanza, as Zavodny and Allen both went deep with solo homers.

Friesen struck out seniors Stephanie Jones and Ericka Nesbitt during a 1-2-3 Campbell third.

Patterson lined a single to center with one out in the bottom of the fifth, breaking up Friesen's no-hit bid. Bjorson followed with a single to right. A Maggie Christoper groundout sent runners to second and third, before Jones grounded out to end the threat.

The Liberty right-hander shut the Camels down, retiring the last eight batters she faced. Friesen pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh to complete the shutout.

Liberty and Campbell wrap up this weekend's series with a single game, tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.