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Liberty Overpowers Pirates, 13-1

April 4, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Deidra See went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored against Hampton.
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Liberty scored 13 unanswered runs during Tuesday's second game, finishing the doubleheader sweep with a 13-1, five-inning victory over Hampton at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

The Lady Flames (23-16) have run their winning streak to four games with a pair of wins today, as they outscored Hampton, 20-1, on the day. The Pirates fall to 8-15 on the campaign.

Liberty has now scored 10 or more runs in 10 different games this season, more than in any other year in program history.

Amber Bishop went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, while Sarah Robertson batted 2-for-2 with a homer, one RBI and one run scored. Deidra See batted 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, while Tori Zavodny hit 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Alexia Taylor and Emily Sweat both scored twice.

For Hampton, Jada Fields batted 2-for-2, while Sarah Kollas went 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Kenzie Friesen boosted her record to 8-1 on the season, allowing one run on six hits, walking one and striking out one in the complete-game effort. Liberty starting pitchers have now gone the distance in six straight games.

Allie Hotetz (3-5) drew the loss, allowing 13 runs, five earned, on 10 hits, walking three and striking out one.

The Pirates scored first, rallying in the second inning. Quierra Bradford and Jada Fields led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Hotetz drew a one-out walk, loading the bases. Kollas then had an infield single, allowing Bradford to score for a 1-0 lead. However, two runners were thrown out in rundowns on the play, bringing the rally to a close.

Liberty quickly responded, as Sweat was hit by a pitch while leading off the bottom of the second. See hit a one-out single, moving pinch runner Jessica Cicerchia to second. An errant throw on a double steal play sent Cicerchia home and See to third. Kaitlin McFarland then popped out to second base, with See alertly scoring from third on the play.

The Lady Flames broke the game wide open with an eight-run third inning, registering five hits and capitalizing on two Hampton errors. Zavodny led off with a triple, and Bishop then launched a two-run shot to left. Robertson followed with a solo blast to right center, making it 5-1. A walk and an error kept Liberty's momentum going, as See then hit a two-run double for a 7-1 advantage. An RBI groundout by Jasmeen Click made it 8-1, before two runs scored on a single to right by Bishop.

The hosts continued their scoring in the fourth, adding three tallies. Taylor hit a leadoff double, before Sweat walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. With two outs, McFarland reached on a fielding error, and two runs scored on the play. Zavodny later hit an RBI single to push across Liberty's 13th run.

Hampton threatened to score in the fifth, as Budden singled with one out before moving up to second on a wild pitch. She was left there, as Friesen got the final two outs on a lineout and a groundout.

Liberty returns to conference play this weekend, hosting Presbyterian for a three-game series, Friday and Saturday at Liberty Softball Stadium. The Lady Flames and blue Hose will contest a single game on Friday at 6 p.m. before beginning a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. Friday will be Senior Night, as Friesen will be honored with a pregame ceremony.