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4-Run 5th Sends Liberty Past Radford, 5-2

March 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Tori Zavodny went 2-for-3 on Friday against Radford.

Tori Zavodny went 2-for-3 on Friday against Radford.

Liberty plated four runs in the fifth inning, extending its winning streak to a seven games with a 5-2 victory over Radford, Friday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

With the conference win, Liberty (17-12) is off to a 4-0 start in conference play for the second year in a row. Additionally, the team's seven-game winning streak is its longest since winning eight straight games, April 13-20, 2011. Radford falls to 12-12, including 0-1 in Big South contests.

The Lady Flames outhit the Highlanders, 8-6, on the night, and capitalized on three Radford errors.

Tori Zavodny batted 2-for-3 with one run scored. Jaclyn Amader went 1-for-2 with two RBI, while Amber Bishop and Sarah Robertson had one RBI apiece. Robertson improved her hitting streak to 11 games.

Radford's Hunter Mundy hit 2-for-3 with a double, homer, one RBI and one run scored. Marissa Gagliano went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.

Julia DiMartino (5-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking one in the complete-game effort.

Abby Morrow (9-6) drew the loss, giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out one in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Kayla Huffman allowed three hits and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when Liberty manufactured a run. Zavodny hit a leadoff single before a sacrifice bunt sent her to second. Robertson then came through with an RBI single for a 1-0 edge. A double play ended the inning.

Radford tied the game with a two-out rally in the fifth. Callie Morgan was hit by a pitch and  stole second. Gagliano then slashed an RBI double to left, before being thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.

Liberty immediately regained its lead in the bottom of the fifth, benefitting from three Radford errors. Emily Sweat and Deidra See both reached on errors to start the inning. Amader then laced a two-run single to right and advanced all the way to third on an error. Pinch hitter Kayla Harris followed with an infield single to plate Amader, making it 4-1. Jasmeen Click re-entered, stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. Bishop then lined a single to left off of reliever Huffman for a 5-1 advantage.

The Highlanders inched closer in the sixth, on a one-out solo shot to left by Mundy. A sliding catch by Zavodny in right ended Radford's sixth time at bat.

The Lady Flames appeared poised to add to their lead in the sixth, as Alexia Taylor and Sweat hit back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. However, Huffman retired the next two batters.

DiMartino pitched around a two-out walk in the seventh, completing the 5-2 victory.

Liberty and Radford will complete this weekend's series with a doubleheader, tomorrow at Liberty Softball Stadium. First pitch for game one is set for 3 p.m.