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Liberty Splits 1st Day at Home, Falls to Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1

March 9, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jasmeen Click went 1-for-3 with a stolen base on Thursday against Saint Francis (Pa.)

Jasmeen Click went 1-for-3 with a stolen base on Thursday against Saint Francis (Pa.)

After winning its home opener for the third year in a row, Liberty dropped a 6-1 decision to Saint Francis (Pa.) Thursday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

The Red Flash (18-8) ran its winning streak to six games, including wins over Rhode Island and Liberty on day one of the Liberty Softball Classic. The Lady Flames (10-11) split two games today, run-ruling the Rams, 15-5, earlier today.

Saint Francis' Abby Trahan (8-3) earned her second win on the day, allowing one run on six hits, striking out two and walking one in the complete-game effort.

Chase Cassady falls to 2-5, yielding one run on no hits while fanning one and walking two in 1/3 of an inning. Julia DiMartino pitched the final 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Cheyenne McKee, Sierra McKee and Kassidy Troxell all posted two hits. The McKee sisters both scored two runs.

Sarah Robertson went 2-for-4 with one RBI for the Lady Flames, while Autumn Bishop doubled and scored Liberty's lone run.

SFU wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Cheyenne McKee was hit by a pitch and Jordan Seneca walked. After a passed ball sent runners to second and third, DiMartino relieved Cassady. Troxell plated McKee with a sacrifice fly, before a strikeout ended the rally.

Liberty had its best early scoring chance in the third, when Jasmeen Click led off with a bunt single. A groundout sent her to second before she stole third. Trahan kept Liberty off the board, inducing foulouts from both Robertson and Amber Bishop.

The Red Flash added to their lead with a four-run fifth. Three straight hits produced one run, before a squeeze bunt by Sierra McKee made it 3-0. With runners on the corners, McKenzie Burge lifted a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 edge. A throwing error on a stolen base attempt pushed another run across. DiMartino then fanned Kelsie Marconi for the third out.

The Lady Flames rallied in the top of the sixth. Robertson led off by reaching on an error. With Amber Bishop up to bat, the lights went off, causing a 20-minute delay. With two outs, an error put runners on the corners. A walk to Jaclyn Amader filled the bases, but Taylor Hoffman grounded out to short, bringing the rally to an end.

Saint Francis scored quickly in the seventh, as Sierra McKee led off with a single and Troxell's double plated McKee.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Autumn Bishop doubled to right. Robertson then broke up the shutout bid with an RBI single up the middle, before Amber Bishop flied out to center for the game's final out.

The Lady Flames return to the field for two games tomorrow at the Liberty Softball Classic. Liberty will take on Saint Francis (Pa.) at 3 p.m. before meeting Rhode Island at 5:30 p.m.