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Liberty Earns 5-1 Win at Louisiana Tech

February 26, 2016  Ruston, La.  RSS
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Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI at Louisiana Tech.

Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI at Louisiana Tech.

Liberty capped a 2-0 first day in Louisiana, shutting down the host Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, 5-1, on Friday at Lady Techster Softball Complex.

The Lady Flames (5-8) defeated both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech on Friday, by a combined score of 16-1. Louisiana Tech falls to 9-3, including 1-1 at this weekend's invitational.

Prior to Liberty's first run in the fourth inning, Louisiana Tech had held opponents scoreless for 37 and one-thirds straight innings.

Liberty's Chase Cassady (3-2) tossed a complete-game three-hitter, allowing one run while striking out eight and walking three.

Bailey Allen (2-3) drew the loss for the Lady Techsters, yielding two runs on six hits in four innings. Preslee Gallaway gave up three runs on five hits in three innings of work.

Jaclyn Amader went 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Rylee Reynolds hit 2-for-3, and Mickey Loveridge went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Three Lady Techsters managed one hit apiece, while Kristen Miles scored one run and Taria Page drove in one run.

The Lady Flames had a high-quality scoring chance in the top of the third. Loveridge led off with a single. Pinch runner Blair Lawrence then went to second on a sacrifice before a wild pitch sent her to third. However, the inning ended on a double play, with Lawrence erased at the plate after a Taylor groundout.

Harris led off the bottom of the third with a single to right. Cassady then fanned Jensen, the start of a strikeout-caught stealing double play. A popout by Anna Cross ended the inning.

Amader doubled to begin the fourth. Robertson lined an RBI double down the right field line, plating Amader for a 1-0 Lady Flames advantage. McCoy followed with a two-out RBI single, but Reynolds was thrown out trying to score, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with Liberty leading, 2-0.

The Lady Techsters trimmed the deficit in half during the bottom of the fourth. Miles drew a leadoff walk, and a single by Turkoly put runners on the corners. Madi Clarke robbed Page of a hit with a diving catch, but Miles scored on the sacrifice fly. Cassady struck out Tutsch for the third out.

Gallaway entered the circle for Louisiana Tech to start the fifth. She hit Loveridge with a pitch. Following a sacrifice bunt, Taylor made it 3-1 with an RBI single, and Amader blasted a run-scoring double to right for a 4-1 cushion.

Cassady pitched around a leadoff walk in the sixth frame, preserving the three-run lead heading into the final inning.

Liberty added a seventh-inning tally, courtesy a run-scoring double by Taylor. Amader bunted for a base hit, but two groundouts finished the rally.

The Lady Flames shut the door, as Cassady tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to wrap up the 5-1 win.

Liberty returns to the diamond for a pair of games tomorrow to finish the Louisiana Tech Classic. The Lady Flames meet Lamar at 1:15 p.m. Eastern before taking on Jacksonville State at 3:30 p.m.