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Hampton Rallies for 7-5 Win at Liberty

March 31, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Deidra See hit her first career home run on Thursday against Hampton.

Deidra See hit her first career home run on Thursday against Hampton.

Liberty held a 3-0 lead entering the fourth inning on Thursday, before the visiting Hampton Lady Pirates rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Lady Flames at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

With the win, Hampton improves its record to 12-16 on the season, while the Lady Flames' record stands at 17-16 entering today's second game.

Hampton's Allie Hotetz (5-8) earned the victory, allowing five runs on six hits, walking seven and striking out three in the complete-game win.

Julia DiMartino (6-7) sustained the setback, yielding six runs on seven hits, with eight strikeouts and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Chandler Ball pitched 2 2/3 frames, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three and walking three.

The Lady Pirates' Taylor McCoy batted 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Hope Sobelewski went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jada Fields homered and drove in three runs.

Liberty's Sarah Robertson hit 2-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored, while Deidra See went 1-for-3, hitting her first career home run and driving in two runs. Mickey Loveridge hit an RBI double, while Alexia Taylor and Madi Clarke both singled.

DiMartino struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and fanned seven batters during three scoreless innings to start the game.

The Lady Flames went ahead with a three-run second inning. Robertson led off with a triple, and scored on a passed ball. Tori Zavdony walked, before See hit a two-out, two-run blast high off the scoreboard in center field for a 3-0 lead.

Liberty loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the third, as Taylor singled, Zavodny was hit by a pitch and Katie Han drew a walk. Hotetz got out of the inning when Kassidy McCoy flied out to center.

Hampton knotted the game at 3-3 with three tallies in the fourth inning. Sobelewski and Taylor McCoy hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Fields followed with a three-run drive that snuck just inside the left-field foul pole.

The hosts quickly responded, as Loveridge hit a go-ahead RBI double to drive in See in the home half of the fourth.

Liberty's lead was short-lived, as Hampton added three runs in the top of the fifth stanza. Three consecutive singles tied the game up at 4-4, before Ball entered the circle. Taylor McCoy greeted Ball by hitting a two-run double to right center, making it 6-4.

Hampton added an insurance run in the sixth stanza after loading the bases with one out, Ball walked in a run after two outs, before getting Taylor McCoy to fly out.

Liberty staged a two-out rally to narrow the margin to two runs in the sixth. Loveridge and Taylor drew back-to-back walks, before Robertson came through with a run-scoring infield single. Zavodny then grounded out to end the inning.

After Ball pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning, the Lady Flames went in order in the bottom half of the frame, and Hampton clinched the 7-5 victory.