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No. 3 Seed Liberty Eliminated by No. 4 Seed Radford, 2-1

May 13, 2016  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Jaclyn Amader went 2-for-3 against Radford on Friday.
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Fourth-seeded Radford rallied for a 2-1 win over No. 3 seed Liberty in an elimination game on Friday at Terry Field.

With the win, Radford (34-25) advances to tonight's semifinal game of the 2016 Big South Softball Championship against No. 5 seed Campbell.  The Lady Flames' season ends at 31-28, Liberty's most wins in a single season since going 39-18 in 2010.

The Lady Flames have set a program single-season record with 377 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 373, set in 2010.

Radford's Abby Morrow (20-17) picked up her 20th win of the season, allowing one run on six hits, striking out five and walking one in the complete game.

Chase Cassady (8-9) went the distance, yielding two runs on six hits, fanning eight and walking three.

Marissa Gagliano went 2-for-4, while Kayla Bishton batted 1-for-3 for with a double and two RBI. Hannah Medlam and Becky Mantel both singled and scored one run.

Jaclyn Amader went 2-for-3, while Tori Zavodny hit 1-for-4. Sarah Roberson, Rylee Reynolds and Mickey Loveridge added one hit apiece, while Jasmeen Click scored Liberty's lone run.

Zavodny and Amader hit consecutive singles to open the home half of the first. Robertson reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second. A fielder's choice loaded the bases with one out. Morrow escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts.

Robinson drew a two-out walk during the top of the second inning. She stole second, before Cassady fanned Yow for the third out.

Reynolds led off the bottom of the second with a single. A sacrifice bunt sent her to second. Loveridge put Liberty on the board with an RBI single to left. After two outs, Amader reached on an error. Robertson lined out, ending the inning.

The Highlanders tied it during their third time up, loading the bases with one out. Cassady hit Bishton, plating the tying run, before striking out Davis, keeping the score 1-1.

Radford threatened to score in the fourth. With two outs and two on, Gagliano dropped a single into left. Amader fired a strike to catcher Alexia Taylor to erase Summer Robinson and maintain the tie score.

During the top of the fifth, Radford took its first lead of the game. Mantel singled up the middle. She stole second, and an RBI double by Bishton made it 2-1, Highlanders. Cassady retired the next two batters, ending the threat.

Morrow set down eight straight batters prior to Amader's one-out single in the bottom of the fifth. Robertson followed with an infield single, before Morrow fanned Taylor and got Deidra See to ground out to short.

Radford left two on base to end its sixth time at bat, when Cassady struck out Nia Chiles.

Cassady pitched around a leadoff hit batter in the last inning, striking out Whitney Davis and Robinson to bring Liberty up for the final time.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Amader drew a walk, bringing Robertson to the plate as the winning run. Down to her final strike, Robertson grounded out to third, ending the game.