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7th-Inning Rally Keys Liberty's 4-3, Comeback Win at Winthrop

April 22, 2017  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Julia DiMartino earned the win with 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief, Saturday at Winthrop.

Julia DiMartino earned the win with 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief, Saturday at Winthrop.

Liberty scored twice with two outs in the top of the seventh, completing a 4-3 comeback victory to sweep a doubleheader from Winthrop, Saturday at Terry Field.

The conference-leading Lady Flames (34-18, 15-3) won both of today's games to earn a 2-1 series victory. Liberty leads second-place Campbell (13-5) by two games with three games remaining. The Lady Flames are now 3-1 in Big South play this season when trailing entering the seventh inning. Winthrop falls to 23-27, 8-10 in conference games.

Liberty outhit Winthrop, 11-10, on the game. The Lady Flames left 11 runners on base, while the Eagles stranded nine runners.

Amber Bishop went 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and Tori Zavodny went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Jasmeen Click and Cassie Gingerich scored one run each, while Sarah Robertson had one RBI.

For Winthrop, four Eagles (Paige Haley, Shayna Covington, Maddie Antone and Madyson Watson) recorded two hits apiece.

Julia DiMartino (16-8) earned the win, with 5 1/3 innings of seven-hit, shutout relief during which she struck out one and walked two. Kenzie Friesen allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking one and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Kiley Majette (13-14) drew the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on 11 hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. 

The Lady Flames scored one in the first and threatened for more. Zavdony led off with an infield single. Majette then hit Amber Bishop. After a sac bunt, Taylor grounded to second, plating Zavodny. Majette hit Robertson before striking out Jaclyn Amader.

Haley hit a double to begin Winthrop's day at the plate. A sacrifice bunt sent her to third. Ashley Westbrooks tied the game with a two-out RBI single to center.

Kaitlin McFarland reached on a two-base error with one out in the top of the second. Click grounded out, pushing McFarland to third, but Zavodny flied to left for the third out.         

DiMartino came on in relief of Friesen with two outs and runners on the corners in the home half of the second. She walked Haley to load the bases. Covington plated two runs with a single that trickled into left, making it 3-1, Eagles.

Amber Bishop and Autumn Bishop opened the third inning with back-to-back singles. Taylor then bunted for a base hit, filling the bags. Majette escaped the jam, as Winthrop erased Amber Bishop at the plate on a fielder's choice, Amader popped out and Kayla Harris struck out.

The Lady Flames narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth. Click beat out an infield single with one out before stealing second. Amber Bishop then plugged the gap in left center with an RBI double. Majette fanned Zavodny, and then catcher Haley picked Bishop off of second.

Winthrop loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Singles by Covington and Antone filled the bases for Westbrooks, who fouled out on her first swing.

Liberty nearly tied it in the fifth. Taylor singled to left center with one out. Majette then walked Robertson, before a groundout sent the runners to second and third. Majette's pitch to Harris got away from catcher Haley. Pinch runner Taylor Hoffman attempted to score from third, but Haley tagged Hoffman for the third out.

McFarland drew a one-out walk in the sixth. A groundout sent pinch runner Jessica Cicerchia to second. With two outs, Zavodny reached on an infield single. Cicerchia, racing home from second, was erased at the plate. 

Amber Bishop hit a leadoff single to left during the top of the seventh. Two groundouts sent pinch runner Cassie Gingerich to third. Robertson then lined a game-tying single up the middle. Amader followed with a single to right. Harris grounded to shortstop Antone, whose wild throw allowed Robertson to score the go-ahead run. A walk loaded the bases, but Click grounded out.       

The Eagles put the winning run on base in the bottom of the seventh. Antone hit a leadoff single to right and Leah Young lined a one-out single down the left field line. Watson then lined out to shortstop Robertson, who turned and threw to second for a game-ending double play.

The Lady Flames return home for their final regular-season series of the year, hosting Longwood on Tuesday and Wednesday at Liberty Softball Stadium. Tuesday's doubleheader and Wednesday's single game are both scheduled for 5 p.m. starts.