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Longwood Captures DH Sweep With 12-6 Win at Liberty

March 31, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jamie Crisp went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday against Longwood.

Jamie Crisp went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday against Longwood.

The visiting Longwood Lancers staked a 7-0 lead with seven second-inning runs on the way to a 12-6 victory over Liberty, during game two of a twin bill on Tuesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.

Longwood improves to 14-18, 8-3 in Big South play after sweeping today's doubleheader. The Lady Flames fall to 15-18, including 4-4 in conference action. The Lancers won game one, 10-2 in six innings.

Seven different Lancers recorded two hits apiece during the nightcap. Senior Megan Baltzell went 2-for-2 with a double, home run and five RBI. Freshmen Krista Kelly and Kelsey Sweeney both batted 2-for-4 with two RBI, while junior Emily Murphy went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.

Freshman Alexia Taylor picked up her third straight two-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Lady Flames. Senior Kelby Allen batted 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Allen passed former teammate Sammi Shivock (2011-14) into seventh place in program history with 110 career RBI. Seniors Jamie Crisp and Megan Robinson both went 2-for-4, while Cassie Gingerich hit her first career double.

Longwood sophomore Elizabeth McCarthy (10-8) earned the victory, allowing two hits in four total innings pitched while striking out four and walking one. Sophomore Jenna Carnes gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits in three innings of work.

Redshirt sophomore Kenzie Friesen sustained the setback, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits. She tied her career high with six strikeouts, and also walked three.

The Lady Flames threatened to score during the bottom of the first, as Robinson singled and Allen drew a walk. McCarthy escaped the jam, striking out Mickey Loveridge and getting Tori Zavodny to ground out.

Longwood broke the game open by scoring seven runs on seven hits in the visitors' half of the second. Kelly got the scoring started with a two-run single, but was thrown out at second. After three straight Longwood singles, Baltzell cleared the bases with a double, making it 5-0. Two more RBI hits ensued, and Friesen fanned Taylor Hedrick for the final out.

A pair of two-out Lancer errors gave Liberty two baserunners in the third stanza. Loveridge then grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

Zavodny drew a leadoff walk off of reliever Carnes to start the home half of the fourth, but Carnes kept the Lady Flames off the board with a groundout and a double play.

Friesen worked through trouble in the fifth frame. With two on and one out, the Liberty right-hander got Kelly to line into a 1-3 double play to end the threat.

Gingerich sparked a fifth-inning Liberty rally, doubling with one out. Taylor's single sent Gingerich to third. After a Robinson groundout, Allen laced a two-run double to right. Carnes retired Loveridge on a popout.

Longwood added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. After loading the bases with two outs, Sweeney plated Murphy with an infield single, boosting the lead to 8-2. Friesen struck out Hedrick, leaving the bases loaded.

Carnes held Liberty scoreless during the sixth, despite walking Katie Han and giving up a single to Crisp. She retired the last two batters she faced, sending the game to the seventh.

Longwood boosted its lead to 12-2 by scoring four times in the top of the seventh, capitalizing on two Liberty errors. Katie Shinrock made it 9-2 with an RBI single, and Justina Augustine followed with an RBI groundout. With Murphy on first with two out after a fielding error, Baltzell lined a home run deep to center. Friesen fanned Haleigh Kilby, ending Longwood's time at bat.

Liberty battled back during its last time up. Taylor, Robinson and Allen hit back-to-back singles to start things off, with Allen's hit plating Taylor. Robinson scored when Loveridge reached on a throwing error. McCarthy then entered the circle. Zavodny hit an RBI groundout, drawing the Lady Flames to within 12-5, before Crisp made it 12-6 with an RBI single. McCarthy got Kassidy McCoy to ground into a fielder's choice, wrapping up the win for the Lancers.

Liberty and Longwood will return to Liberty Softball Stadium tomorrow at 4 p.m., to conclude this week's Big South series.