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Liberty Drops 10-8, Back-and-Forth Game to Northwestern State

February 21, 2016  Waco, Texas  RSS
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Katie Han had two runs scored and two RBI on Sunday against Northwestern State.

Katie Han had two runs scored and two RBI on Sunday against Northwestern State.

The Liberty softball team finished its time at the Getterman Classic with a 10-8 setback to Northwestern State in a back-and-forth consolation game, Sunday.

Northwestern State (8-4) went 2-3 at this weekend's tournament, earning an extra-innings win over Liberty yesterday before winning today's matchup, 10-8. Liberty falls to 3-8 on the campaign, including 1-4 at the Getterman Classic.

Micaela Bouvier (5-1) picked up the win with three and one-thirds innings pitched, yielding four runs, two earned on four hits. Shelby Sells pitched three and two-third innings of relief during which she allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits.

Chandler Ball (0-2) drew the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on two hits with one strikeout and three walks in two and two-thirds innings of work. Starter Chase Cassady went two and two-thirds as well, giving up five runs on three hits, with three walks. Julia DiMartino allowed one unearned run on two hits in two-third of an inning.

The Lady Demons' Kellye Kincannon went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI, while Sidney Salmans batted 2-for-2. Bouvier hit a grand slam, driving in four runs.

Tori Zavodny and Kassidy McCoy had two hits apiece for Liberty, while Zavodny doubled and scored twice. Katie Han went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Jaclyn Amader and Sarah Robertson each hit one double.

Sunday's game saw the lead change hands four times overall.

Zavodny doubled with two out in the first, and went to third on a passed ball, before Sarah Robertson lined to third to end the threat.

Kincannon gave NSU a quick, 1-0, lead with a solo shot in the bottom of the first.

Liberty gained its first lead with a two-run rally in the second. Deidra See drew a leadoff walk. Pinch runner Jasmeen Click then scored when Han reached on a throwing error. McCoy made it 2-1 with an RBI single. Bouvier then retired Gingerich on a groundout.

The Lady Flames boosted their lead to 4-1 during the third. Amader led off by doubling, and Bouvier hit Zavodny with a pitch. Sells then came on in relief of Bouvier. With one out, See walked to load the bases. Han then hit an RBI groundout, and Zavodny later scored on a wild pitch.

Northwestern State struck back, scoring four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Cassady issued a pair of two-out walks, loading the bases. Bouvier then hit a grand slam, giving her team a 5-4 advantage. Ball came on for the third out.

The teams both staged fifth-inning, three-run rallies. The Lady Flames capitalized on two NSU errors, as Han, McCoy and Rylee Reynolds came through with run-scoring hits for a 7-5 lead.

The Lady Demons responded with three runs of their own in the fifth stanza. Kincannon doubled with one out, and two walks filled the bases. NSU went ahead, scoring three runs on one hit, as Liberty recorded two errors.

Zavodny hit a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Robertson then lined an RBI double to left center, knotting the score at 8-8. Bouvier re-entered the circle, getting Han to fly out.

Sidney Salmans singled to lead off the sixth, and went to second on a sacrifice. DiMartino then relieved Ball. A single and a walk loaded the bases. Brittney Jones hit an RBI single, with a second run scoring on a Liberty error, for a 10-8 NSU lead. DiMartino retired the final two batters.

Down to their last out, the Lady Flames' Taylor Mabry singled, before a flyout brought the game to an end.

The Lady Flames will play their next eight games in Louisiana. Liberty is scheduled to compete in the Louisiana Tech Classic, Friday and Saturday in Ruston, La. Liberty's first game in Ruston will be Friday at 11 a.m. against Grambling State, while the Lady Flames will also take on Lamar, Jacksonville State and Louisiana Tech on the weekend.