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Season-High 7 Doubles Propel Liberty Past Rhode Island, 10-6

March 10, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Amber Bishop went 3-for-4 with two doubles against Rhode Island on Friday.

Amber Bishop went 3-for-4 with two doubles against Rhode Island on Friday.

Liberty got back on the winning track on Friday, hitting a season-high seven doubles in a 10-6 win over Rhode Island at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

With the win, Liberty improves to 11-12 on the season, including 2-2 at the Liberty Softball Classic. Rhode Island (1-13) has gone 0-4 while in Lynchburg.

The Lady Flames' seven doubles were their most since a program-record eight doubles were hit against North Carolina A&T, March 31, 2003. Amer Bishop (3-for-4), Tori Zavodny (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Alexia Taylor (2-for-3, 1 RBI) had two doubles each and Sarah Robertson batted 2-for-4 with a double. Autumn Bishop hit 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored, while Taylor Hoffman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

For the Rams, Jenna Cubello homered and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Melanie Martire hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Kylie Shivery doubled and drove in two runs.

Liberty's Stephanie Marlowe (1-0) earned the win, tossing four innings of relief during which she allowed two runs on three hits, striking out three. Starter Kenzie Friesen yielded four runs (three earned) on five hits, with two walks and a strikeout in three innings pitched.

Becca Rogers (1-7) drew the loss for Rhode Island, giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits, striking out nine and walking two.

Liberty scored all of its runs over the span of the first three innings, including three in the opening frame. Amber Bishop and Zavodny hit back-to-back, one-out doubles for the Lady Flames first tally. Taylor then walked, and Zavodny scored on a throwing error. A wild pitch then allowed Taylor to score. Rogers got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

The Rams got on the scoreboard in the top of the second thanks to a two-out rally. Rachel Kuhlman drew a walk, before Danielle Gariglio sliced an RBI double through the left side. Friesen then struck out Paige Julich for the third out.

The Lady Flames responded with a three-run second. Hoffman hit an infield single to lead off, before Autumn Bishop lined her first career homer to right center, making it 5-1, Liberty. Amber Bishop followed with a double, and scored on an RBI double by Taylor.

Rhode Island matched Liberty's three runs with three of its own in the top of the third. Cubello started the scoring with a one-out solo home run. Martire then singled before a double by Erika Yeager plated Martire. A fielding error allowed another run to cross, before a groundout ended the rally.

Liberty benefitted from three Rhode Island errors during a four-run third inning. Robertson reached on an error to start the inning. Channing Cox then walked, and two runs scored on a pair of throwing errors when Hoffman laid down a bunt single. Autumn Bishop later hit an RBI single, scoring Hoffman, before Zavodny plated Bishop with an RBI double for a 10-4 lead.

Marlowe came on in relief of Friesen to start the fourth inning. She got two quick outs, but back-to-back singles followed by a two-run double by Shivery trimmed the gap to 10-6. Marlowe then got Yeager to ground out to the inning, and finished the game by retiring the last 10 batters she faced.

The Lady Flames threatened to add to their lead on the bottom of the sixth, as Taylor hit a leadoff double. Robertson singled, putting runners at the corners, but Rogers struck out the final two Liberty batters.

Marlowe tossed her third straight 1-2-3 inning in the seventh, sealing the 10-6 victory.

Liberty concludes the weekend tomorrow, taking on North Carolina Central at 2 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium.