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Longwood Slips Past Liberty, 3-2

April 25, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Tuesday against Longwood.

Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Tuesday against Longwood.

Liberty built a 2-0 lead over Longwood on Tuesday, before a pair of Lady Flames miscues allowed the Lancers to come back for a 3-2 victory at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

The Lancers (20-25, 9-7 Big South) have now won four straight games. Liberty (34-19, 15-4) remains atop Big South standings, needing one more win the clinch at least a share of the conference regular-season title.

Kasey Carr went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI for the Lancers, while Kaylynn Batten batted 1-for-3 with a double.

For Liberty, Autumn Bishop and Alexia Taylor both went 2-for-3. Taylor doubled and drove in two runs, while Bishop scored both of the Lady Flames' runs.

Elizabeth McCarthy (9-8) earned the win, allowing one hit while striking out four and walking two in four relief innings. Sydney Gay pitched the first three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out one and walking two.

Julia DiMartino (16-9) drew the tough-luck loss, giving up three unearned run on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

The Lady Flames jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, thanks to a two-out rally in the home half of the first. Bishop singled to the shortstop and stole second. She then scored when Taylor beat out an infield single for a one-run advantage.

Liberty struck again in the bottom of the third, with Bishop and Taylor teaming up for another two-out run. Bishop singled to right, before Taylor sent an RBI double into the left-center field gap, plating Bishop for a 2-0 advantage.

Longwood capitalized on a Liberty error to score its first run. Leadoff batter Jordan Clark reached on an error. Krista Kelly bunted for a one-out base hit, before Carr lined an RBI single to center to trim the Lancers' deficit to 2-1. DiMartino kept the lead, getting a popout and groundout to end the inning.

McCarthy entered the circle in relief of Gay to start the bottom of the fourth. After DiMartino struck out the side in the top of the fifth, McCarthy worked through trouble in the home half. Tori Zavodny singled to lead off the frame, before going to second on a sacrifice bunt. She stole third, but was left there when Bishop struck out and Taylor flied out.

Longwood went ahead by scoring two unearned runs in the top of the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Kelly reached on an error by second baseman Amber Bishop. She stole second and scored on a double by Carr that landed just out of the reach of left fielder Jaclyn Amader. Jessica Smith followed and dropped a go-ahead single inside the right-field line for a 3-2 Longwood edge.

Sarah Robertson drew a walk to start the bottom of the sixth, before a sac bunt sent her to second. However, McCarthy struck out Deidra See and Kaitlin McFarland to maintain the 3-2 lead.

With Liberty down to its last three outs, Longwood made a pair of fine defensive plays in the outfield to seal the Lancers' victory.

The Lady Flames and Lancers will close out their series with a doubleheader tomorrow. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium.