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Liberty Earns Dramatic, 4-3 Win Over Central Michigan in 9 Innings

February 16, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Amber Bishop hit a game-tying homer in the top of the seventh on Friday against Central Michigan.
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Liberty tied the score at 3-3 with a seventh-inning homer by Amber Bishop, and scored in the ninth for a 4-3 victory over Central Michigan, Friday at Liberty Softball Stadium.

With the win, Liberty (8-1) avenged last night's 8-5 loss to the Chippewas. Both Liberty and Central Michigan (4-4) went 3-1 at this week's Liberty Softball Challenge.

For the game, Liberty outhit CMU, 12-8, while leaving 10 runners on compared to six for the Chippewas.

Amber Bishop went 3-for-3 with a homer, one RBI and two runs scored, while Tori Zavodny batted 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Sarah Robertson and Autumn Bishop had two hit apiece, while the Bishop twins both scored twice.

CMU's Erika Underwood batted 3-for-4 with a double, while Maison Kalina hit 2-for-4 and Allison Curtis went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

Julia DiMartino (4-1) picked up her second win of the day, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit, walking one and fanning six. Liberty starter Elizabeth Engler yielded three runs on seven hits, striking out two in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Hanna Warren (1-3) drew the loss, allowing four runs on 12 hits, fanning two in 8 1/3 innings pitched. Laura Vaccaro pitched a hitless 2/3 of an inning to end the game.

Liberty trailed, 3-2, with one out in the top of the seventh when Amber Bishop launched a game-tying solo homer to straightaway center field. Warren retired the next two batters.

DiMartino struck out the side in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to the eighth.

The Lady Flames threatened in the eighth, as Madison Via was hit by a pitch as the leadoff batter. Jaclyn Amader singled with two outs, but Taylor Hoffman struck out for the third out.

After a 1-2-3 Chippewas eighth, Autumn Bishop led off the ninth with a double to left. A sacrifice bunt sent her to third before Zavodny lifted an RBI triple to right for a 4-3 Liberty advantage. Vaccaro then came on to get the final two outs.

DiMartino pitched around a leadoff error, capping off the win with a strikeout to end the game.

The Lady Flames struck during their first time up, as Autumn Bishop hit a leadoff single. Amber Bishop sacrificed her to second, and Zavodny lined an RBI single up the middle.

Liberty nearly scored in the second, as a CMU error helped set them up with runners on second and third and two outs. However, Autumn Bishop flied out for the third out.

Amber Bishop and Zavodny both singled to start the third inning. After two outs, Sarah Robertson came through with an RBI single for a 2-0 Liberty advantage.

Engler cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one hit during that span. The Chippewas rallied with two outs in the fourth, as Kalina and Underwood hit back-to-back singles. Curtis then tied the game, slicing a two-run double down the left-field line.

After both teams went scoreless in the fifth, Central Michigan used a sixth-inning rally to take the lead. With one out, Kalina singled and Underwood doubled. DiMartino then came on in relief of Engler. Curtis greeted her by lifting a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-2 advantage. The Liberty right-hander struck out Vaccaro to send the game to the seventh and set up the Lady Flames for their rally.

Liberty will next head to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Classic. While in California, the Lady Flames will take on North Carolina, San Diego State, UC Davis and nationally-ranked teams in UCLA and Arizona State.