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Jacksonville State Shuts Out Liberty, 5-0

February 27, 2016  Ruston, La.  RSS
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Deidra See went 1-for-3 for Liberty on Saturday against Jacksonville State.

Deidra See went 1-for-3 for Liberty on Saturday against Jacksonville State.

The Liberty softball team, coming off of a 10-inning win against Lamar, fell to Jacksonville State, 5-0, on Saturday in the team's last game at the Louisiana Tech Classic.

The Gamecocks improve to 7-6 on the season, including 2-1 this weekend heading into their Saturday night matchup against the host Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. The Lady Flames (6-9) won their first three games at the Louisiana Tech Classic before this afternoon's setback to JSU.

Casey Akenberger (2-1) held the Lady Flames scoreless on five hits, striking out two and walking one.

Chase Cassady's record evens at 3-3 following the loss during which she allowed three runs on three hits, walking five and fanning four. Chandler Ball yielded two runs on four hits in two-third of an inning, before Kenzie Friesen pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Taylor Sloan batted 2-for-3 for the Gamecocks, while Emily Church batted 1-for-3 with two RBI. JSU totaled four doubles.

Liberty recorded five hits, all singles, while getting stolen bases from Tori Zavodny and Alexia Taylor.

The Lady Flames got singles from Deidra See and Mickey Loveridge in the top of the second. However, Loveridge was picked off of first for the third out.

Jacksonville State struck first, with a third-inning tally. Jordan Bullock doubled to lead off, and a single by Sloan put runners on the corners. Emily Woodruff then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, plating Bullock for a 1-0 lead.

Zavodny robbed Church with a leaping catch at the wall to start the fourth inning, as Cassady pitched another scoreless frame.

McCoy singled to lead off the fifth, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Taylor scorched a liner that Gillespie snagged to preserve the one-run lead.

The Gamecocks rallied for two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bullock drew a leadoff walk. Following a Sloan single, Ball came on to relieve Cassady. She walked the next batter. After a strikeout, Church hit a two-out, two-run double to right. Lewis then flied out to end the inning.

Akenberger worked around a leadoff single by Jaclyn Amader in the sixth, keeping Liberty off the board.

JSU scored twice more in the sixth stanza. Cadi Oliver and Hayley Sims hit back-to-back doubles, and Bullock's single made it 5-0. Friesen then came on for the final three outs.

The Jacksonville State right-hander worked a 1-2-3 seventh, sealing the shutout win.

Liberty will remain in Louisiana, and will compete in the LSU Invitational next weekend in Baton Rouge. The Lady Flames' first game in Baton Rouge is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern against Louisiana Tech. Liberty is also slated to face Tennessee Tech, Memphis and LSU.