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Highlanders Take Second Game, 11-2, on Saturday

March 25, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Amber Bishop was one of three Lady Flames to have multiple hits during Liberty's series finale against Radford on Saturday.
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The visiting Highlanders exploded for 11 runs on nine hits to salvage the final game of a Big South series with Liberty, winning, 11-2, in six innings on Saturday.

Liberty won the first two games of the series, opening up Big South play with a 5-0 record for the second year in a row. The Lady Flames took Friday's game, 5-2, and had a dramatic four-run seventh to win in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, 6-5.

Liberty's first loss of the conference season ends the Lady Flames' eight game win streak, matching its longest winning streak since 2011. The Lady Flames finish the weekend with an 18-13 overall record and a 5-1 mark in Big South play.

With the nine-run win, the Highlanders even their overall record at 13-13 and move to 1-2 early in Big South play.

Hunter Mundy (2-for-4, two RBI and two runs scored), Kayla Bishton (2-for-3, two runs scored and a RBI) and Brittany Wratchford (2-for-4, four RBI and a run scored) were the offensive stars for the Highlanders.

Abby Morrow moved to 10-7 on the season, allowing two runs on seven hits during five innings of work. Kayla Huffman pitched the sixth, allowing one hit to the five batters she faced.

Liberty also had three players record multiple hits in the game in Tori Zavodny (2-for-4), Amber Bishop (2-for-3) and Emily Sweat (2-for-3 and a RBI).

Chase Cassady (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on four hits during two-plus innings of work. The sophomore also allowed four walks, including two to the first two batters she faced before being relieved by Julia DiMartino. Cassady returned to the game in the fourth inning.

DiMartino allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits during 3 1/3 innings of work. Stephanie Marlowe recorded a pair of outs against the two batters she faced in the sixth inning.

Marissa Gagliano scored the game's first run, crossing the play following a double to left- center field by Bishton. Maggie Rowe followed with a single to right field, driving in two more runs to stake the visitors to an early 3-0 after the first half inning.

Gagliano reached base to start the second inning on a fielding error and scored for the second time in the game on a base hit to left field by Mundy, pushing the lead to 4-0.

The Highlanders broke the game open in the fourth inning, batting around the order and plating five runs on five hits. The offensive outburst was spotlighted by doubles from Sofia Tapia, Bishton and Wratchford, as well as, singles from Mundy and Callie Morgan.

Down to their last out in the bottom of the fifth, Liberty rallied to keep the game alive with back-to-back triples off the bats of Alexia Taylor and Emily Sweat.

Bishop reached base on a single up the middle, but was erased after overrunning second on a bunt single by Robertson. Taylor laced a triple down the right field line to score Robertson, while Sweat traded places with her following a triple to the same location down the line.

The Highlanders secured their first Big South win of the season with a towering two-run homer off the bat of Wratchford to left field, her sixth of the season, to give the visitors the final runs they needed to secure the victory.

The Lady Flames will face back-to-back Power 5 opponents before returning to Big South play next weekend at Campbell.

Liberty will face No. 19 Tennessee in a doubleheader on Tuesday in Knoxville, Tenn., and N.C. State in a single game in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday.