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Liberty Edges Syracuse, 3-1

February 24, 2017  Kissimmee, Fla.  RSS
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Emily Sweat

Emily Sweat

The Liberty softball team earned its second win in a row, downing Syracuse, 3-1, on Friday at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

The Lady Flames (7-4) are 7-0 in the state of Florida this season, including 2-0 on the opening day of Citrus Classic 1. The Orange falls to 6-5, losing to No. 3/3 Florida and Liberty today.

In the game, Syracuse left 12 runners on base, compared to nine LOB for the Lady Flames. The Orange committed three errors, leading to Liberty's first two runs.

Julia DiMartino (2-0) earned her second victory on the day, walking one and striking out two in four innings of three-hit relief. Starting pitcher Chase Cassady allowed one run on five hits, walking three and striking out one in three innings of work.

Anna Marie Gatti (1-2) drew the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits. She three struck out three and walked four during the first four innings. Sydney O'Hara pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits.

Sarah Robertson and Autumn Bishop both went 2-for-4 for the Lady Flames in the contest, while Emily Sweat had the lone extra-bases hit in the game, a double.

For Syracuse, Faith Cain and Hannah Dossett both batted 2-for-3.

The Lady Flames scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first. Robertson hit a leadoff single. With a runner on first and two outs, Sweat reached on a throwing error, and Amber Bishop scored on the play. Later in the inning, an error on a pickoff play led to Liberty's second run.

The first two Syracuse batters reached in the second inning, as Cain singled and Dossett drew a walk. Cassady then retired the next three batters in a row.

Syracuse entered the scoring column in the top of the third. Cain sent a two-out RBI single up the middle to slice the Orange's deficit in half. Syracuse left runners on the corners when Dossett grounded to third.

Liberty loaded the bases with two outs during its third time up. However, Gatti worked through trouble, getting Rylee Reynolds to ground out for the third out.

An error, a single and a walk filled the bases for the Orange in the fourth. DiMartino came on in relief of Cassady. The Lady Flames cut down two runners at the plate via a fielder's choice, before a groundout kept the Lady Flames' lead intact.

The Lady Flames pushed across one run during the next half inning. Deidra See singled with one out before Amader drew a walk. With two outs, Autumn Bishop sent an RBI single up the middle for a 3-1 cushion.

Both teams left two runners on base to end their fifth time at bat. Following a scoreless sixth inning, DiMartino worked around a two-out single by Dossett to close out the win in the seventh.

Liberty returns for two games tomorrow at the Citrus Classic 1. The Lady Flames are scheduled to face No. 3/3 Florida at 11 a.m., before taking on Ball State at 1:15 p.m.