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Liberty Overpowers PC, 8-2

March 23, 2018  Clinton, S.C.  RSS
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Alexia Taylor had a homer and drove in three runs in game two against Presbyterian.

Alexia Taylor had a homer and drove in three runs in game two against Presbyterian.

After trailing, 2-0, early in game two, Liberty scored eight unanswered runs, capping off a doubleheader sweep with an 8-2 win at Presbyterian, Friday.

Liberty (24-8) improves to 5-0 in Big South play after sweeping PC (2-25, 0-5) in today's doubleheader. The Lady Flames outscored the Blue Hose, 16-2, in the today's two contests and have outscored conference opponents 38-8 so far this season.

Elizabeth Engler (5-0) earned the victory with four innings of hitless relief in which she struck out two and did not allow a single baserunner. Liberty starter Chase Cassady pitched three total innings, yielding two runs on six hits while walking one.

Presbyterian starter Kaylee Allen (0-13) allowed five runs on five hits, striking out two in 5 1/3 total innings. Allen and Liberty's Cassady both had two pitching stints in the game. Camryn Alverson gave up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Madison Via went 3-for-3 with three runs scored for Liberty. Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI. She became the 14th player in program history with 100 career runs, and just the sixth Lady Flame all-time with both 100 career runs and 100 career RBI. Autumn Bishop went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Six different PC batters recorded one hit each, as Lindsay Harris and Hailey Caswell both drove in one run.

Jonnie Petree drew a walk to open the Blue Hose's first time up. A groundout sent her to second. After two outs, Cassady hit Macy Wyatt with a pitch. Harris followed by lining an RBI single to right field. Caswell's infield single made it 2-0, PC, before a groundout ended the inning.

Sarah Robertson reached on an error to start the second inning. Allen retired the next three batters, keeping the Flames off of the board.

PC got a leadoff baserunner on in the second, as Cassady hit Presley Bissett. The Liberty right-hander retired the next three batters.

Via led off the third with an infield single. A one-out single by Autumn Bishop put runners on the corners. Amber Bishop lined a sharp single up the middle, slicing the deficit to 2-1. Taylor launched a three-run homer to left, putting Liberty on top, 4-2. Alverson then came on in relief of Allen.

Back-to-back hits by Megan Anderson and Hyatt gave Presbyterian runners at first and second with no outs in the bottom of the third. Engler then entered the circle, getting a double play and a strikeout to shut the door.

Kaitlin McFarland bounced a single up the middle with one out in the top of the fourth, and Via followed with an infield single. Autumn Bishop's double pushed across McFarland and Via, boosting the lead to 6-2.

Taylor lined a leadoff single to left center in the fifth frame. Robertson then hit a double to right center, sending Taylor to third. Allen then re-entered the circle. Alexis Erich grounded to second, getting an RBI as Taylor crossed the plate for a 7-2 advantage.

Via lined a leadoff single to right in the top of the sixth, and Hoffman reached on an error. A double-steal play sent the runners to second and third before Autumn Bishop plated Via with a sacrifice fly. A pair of groundouts brought the rally to an end.

Engler retired all 11 batters she faced, spanning the third through sixth innings. Cassady, the Lady Flames' starter, came back in for the seventh inning. A two-out error opened the door for PC, as the Blue Hose followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases for Anderson. Cassady got Anderson to ground out to end the game.

The Lady Flames and Blue Hose complete their weekend series with a single game tomorrow at 1 p.m. at PC Softball Complex.