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Liberty Rallies in Seventh to Down Highlanders

March 25, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Rallies in Seventh to Down Highlanders

The Lady Flames erased a three-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score a 6-5 win over visiting Radford, Saturday afternoon.

After trailing after the game's first inning, Liberty kept its undefeated Big South season alive thanks to a two-run single to right field by Emily Sweat during Liberty's final at bat.

The base knock plated Cassie Gingerich and Jessica Cicerchia and pushed Liberty's win streak to eight games, tying its longest since winning the same consecutively in 2011.

The game was played in front of 729 fans, marking the second highest attended game in the three-year history of Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

Following Liberty's second one-run victory of the season, the Lady Flames raise their record to 18-12 overall and 5-0 in Big South play. Radford falls to 12-13 and 0-2 in conference action.

Amber Bishop led the home team at the plate, batting 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Sarah Robertson was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, while Sweat and Alexia Taylor led the team with two RBI apiece.

Julia DiMartino (6-4) picked up the victory in relief, striking out four of the six batters she faced in two innings of work. Elizabeth Engler started the game and allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits over 2 1/3 innings of work. Kenzie Friesen pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits.

Hunter Mundy recorded two of Radford's five hits, batting 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Maggie Rowe was 1-for-2 and drove in three runs.

Abby Morrow (9-7), the third of three pitchers for Radford, took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and 1 1/3 innings of work.

Starter Kayla Huffman tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing four hits, while Mallory Marsicek surrendered three runs in 1/3 innings of work.

Radford took advantage of a fielding error in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Sofia Tapia, the second batter of the game, reached base on a fielding miscue by Engler and later scored on a liner up the middle off the bat of Kayla Bishton, giving the visitors the quick advantage.

The Highlanders upped their lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of three walks issued Engler before she was relieved by Friesen,

The redshirt senior got a foul out to first base from the first batter she faced, but Rowe cleared the bases with a double off the center field wall to give Radford a four-run lead.

After threating with base runners in the second, third and fourth innings, the Lady Flames were finally able to cash in on their scoring chances in the fifth to trim their deficit in half.

With two outs in the inning, Hoffman was relieved by Marsicek. The freshman gave up three hits in a row, allowing Liberty to cut Radford's lead to 4-2. Bishop chopped a double over the head of Hunter Mundy at third base to start the rally.

Robertson and Taylor continued the hitting burst, connecting on back-to-back singles to center field to get the home team on the scoreboard with a pair of runs.

A second host error in the game allowed the visitors to extend their lead to three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Marissa Gagliano reached base on a misplayed ball at third base and scored two batters when Hunter Mundy singled to right field to push the visitor's lead to 5-2.

Jasmeen Click, Tori Zavodny and Bishop started the inning with three consecutive singles with Bishop's driving in Click to start the game winning rally.

Following an infield ground out, Zavodny pulled Liberty within a run when she scored on a fielder's choice play off the bat of Taylor. Sweat then delivered the game winning shot with a single to right field to secure Liberty's 6-5 Big South win.