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Liberty Downs NCCU Via Run-Rule Margin, 11-1

March 11, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chase Cassady struck out a season-high 10 batters against North Carolina Central, Saturday.
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Liberty got three doubles from Sarah Robertson and 10 strikeouts from sophomore Chase Cassady, defeating North Carolina Central, 11-1, on Saturday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

The Lady Flames (12-12) went 3-2 at this weekend's Liberty Softball Classic, averaging over eight runs per game. The Eagles fall to 3-15, going 1-2 this weekend.

Sarah Robertson went 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored and four RBI. Her three doubles tied a program record, most recently set by Amber Donovan versus Savannah State, Feb. 24, 2012. Tori Zavodny batted 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Amber Bishop hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Danyelle Noland batted 2-for-2 for the visiting Eagles, while Kim Mobley triples and scored a run.

Cassady (3-5) struck out a season-high 10 batters, allowing one run on six hits in the complete-game effort. She finished one shy of her career high of 11, set against La Salle, March 12, 2016.

NCCU's Dominique Wilson (3-8) drew the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Jennifer Allison gave up five unearned runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Liberty jumped ahead with a six-run first inning, benefitting from four NCCU errors during the frame. With one out, Amber Bishop singled to left. She went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. After a walk to Alexia Taylor, Wilson was replaced in the circle by Allison. Robertson greeted Allison with a two-run double, making it 3-0. With one out and the bases loaded, See reached on an error by the pitcher, who then threw the ball away, allowing two runs to score. Taylor Hoffman stole home in a double-steal play, before Allison got the final two outs.

The Eagles scored once in the top of the second, as Mobley hit a leadoff triple. Aleyah Evans then came through with an RBI double. A bunt hit by Noland put runners on the corners, before Cassady struck out the final batter of the inning.

The Lady Flames tacked on two runs in the second inning, capitalizing on two more Eagle miscues. Zavodny hit a one-out single, going to second on an error and to third when Taylor reached via an error. Zavodny then scored when Taylor was caught stealing. Back-to-back doubles by Robertson and Sweat made it 8-1 through two innings.

Cassady struck out three batters in the third, giving her nine strikeouts through the first three stanzas.

Wilson re-entered the circle in the bottom of the third, pitching a scoreless frame.

The Eagles put runners on the corners with two outs in the top of the fourth, on a hit batter and a single by Noland. Liberty quelled the rally when Noladnd was caught stealing second.

Liberty pushed its advantage to double-digits with a three-run fourth. Amber Bishop and Zavodny hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After one out, Robertson laced a two-run double to left center. Robertson later scored when Cassie Gingerich got on by a throwing error.

Cassady closed the door on the run-rule victory in the fifth, beginning with a strikeout. She allowed a single, but got the final two outs through the air to seal the 11-1 win.

The Lady Flames wrap up their six-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting North Carolina A&T for a single game at 6 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium.