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Radford Evens Series at 1-1 with 3-1 Win Over Liberty

April 27, 2016  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Jaclyn Amader doubled and scored a run against Radford.

Jaclyn Amader doubled and scored a run against Radford.

In a game resumed from last night, Radford evened the conference series with a 3-1 win over Liberty, Wednesday at Radford Softball Stadium.

The game was halted last night with Radford leading, 3-1, in the top of the fourth stanza. The contest returned from the point of interruption, as last night's game was halted due to unsafe lighting at Radford Softball Stadium.

Radford (30-19, 11-6 Big South) snaps its four-game winless streak, setting up a rubber match in this afternoon's series finale. Liberty (27-25, 13-7) won game one yesterday, 4-3, in 10 innings.

Lauren McIntyre (7-0) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Abby Morrow came on to get the final out for the save.

Chandler Ball (4-6) drew the loss, giving up three unearned runs on two hits, striking out three and walking three in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Chase Cassady struck out eight while walking three and allowing just one hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Hannah Medlam went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Kayla Bishton batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Four out of Liberty's five hits went for extra bases. Kassidy McCoy went 1-for-3 with a triple on one RBI, while Jaclyn Amader, Alexia Taylor and Rylee Reynolds all hit one double.

Taylor led off the game with a double to left, but she was left on base as McIntyre retired the next three hitters.

Radford went ahead with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first. Marissa Gagliano reached on an error and Medlam walked. Bishton made it 1-0 with an RBI single. An error later allowed two more runs to score, before a comebacker ended the inning.

The Lady Flames entered the scoring column with a one-out rally during the second stanza. Amader hit a double to left center, before Kassidy McCoy lined an RBI triple to the right-field corner. McIntyre limited the damage, as Madi Clarke grounded out and Cassie Gingerich struck out.

Ball walked the bases loaded with one out in the home half of the third. Cassady came on in relief, striking out Whitney Davis and Jessica Curbiera to strand three Highlanders.

With two out in the bottom of the fourth, Cassady walked Medlam and hit Mantel, before striking out Bishton to keep the score 3-1.

McIntyre set down 10 straight Lady Flames before Katie Han's two-out single in the top of the fifth. Taylor popped out to second base for the third out.

Cassady worked through trouble in the fifth, after walking the first two batters. Davis pushed both runners ahead with a sacrifice bunt, but Cassady fanned Curbiera and Chiles, stranding two Highlanders.

Reynolds led off the seventh inning by doubling to right-center. Amader and McCoy grounded out, before Tori Zavodny drew a walk. Morrow then entered in relief of McIntyre to save the game, striking out Han.

Game three of this weekend's series is currently under way.