Jasmeen Click hit a walk-off infield single to give Liberty a 7-6 win over Longwood, Wednesday.
Liberty scored seven unanswered runs in the last two innings, erasing a 6-0 deficit, as Jasmeen Click's walk-off single in the seventh gave the Lady Flames a 7-6 win over Longwood, Wednesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.
With the win, Liberty (35-19, 16-4 Big South) clinched at least a share of its fourth Big South regular-season title, and first since 2007. The Lady Flames have also tied a program record with 16 conference wins, matching last year's total. The Lancers fall to 20-26, 9-8 in conference play entering tonight's rubber match.
Liberty trailed the game, 6-0, after Jordan Clark hit her second homer of the game, a two-run blast to left with two outs in the top of the sixth off of reliever Chase Cassady.
The Lady Flames entered the bottom of the sixth having registered just two hits off of Longwood starter Elizabeth McCarthy.
In the sixth inning alone, Liberty erupted for six runs on six hits. The hosts loaded the bases with nobody out, getting three straight hits from Autumn Bishop, Alexia Taylor and Sarah Robertson. After a fielder's choice, McCarthy hit Kayla Harris, plating Liberty's first run. Pinch hitter Rylee Reynolds then sent a two-run single to right center, narrowing the gap to 6-3. With two outs, Zavodny beat out an infield hit and Harris scored. Amber Bishop then hit a game-tying two-run double. Sydney Gay entered the circle, striking out Autumn Bishop.
Longwood loaded the bases in the top of the seventh off of Elizabeth Engler, with two singles and a hit batter. With two outs, Julia DiMartino relieved Engler, getting Leanna Toler to pop out and strand three runners.
Taylor led off the home half of the seventh with a single to right, and Robertson walked. An infield single by Jaclyn Amader loaded the bases with nobody out. Gay struck out the next two batters before Click lined a game-winning single just past a diving Krista Kelly at third.
DiMartino (17-9) tied her season total of victories from her freshman year, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four in four total innings pitched. Cassady allowed two runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk in two innings, while Engler yielded two hits and struck out two in one inning of relief.
Gay (11-13) drew the loss, giving up one run on three hits, striking out three and walking one in one inning of relief. McCarthy yielded six runs on eight hits, with six strikeouts and one walk in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
Taylor, Robertson and Amader recorded two hits apiece, with Robertson recording her team-leading 14th double. Amber Bishop went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Reynolds drove in two runs.
For Longwood, Kaylynn Batten went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Clark batted 2-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and two runs scored. Jessica Smith and Destiny Martinez both went 2-for-4.
The Lancers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of second-inning runs. Karleigh Donovan drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Smith later came through with a two-out RBI single. After an infield single and a hit batter, Batten singled on the infield for a 2-0 Lancer advantage.
Liberty threatened to score in the bottom of the second, getting runners on the corners with one out. However, Kaitlin McFarland was caught stealing and Zavodny struck out looking.
Longwood left the bases loaded to end the top of the third. A pair of walks and Smith single to left filled the bases. DiMartino got out of it, as Martinez grounded out to third.
The Lancers doubled their lead to 4-0 when Clark blasted a two-run homer to left center during the fourth inning. The score remained heavily in Longwood's favor until Liberty made its dramatic late-inning comeback.