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McNeese Tops Liberty, 5-1

February 16, 2019  College Station, Texas  RSS
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Madison Via hit her second career homer on Saturday against McNeese.

Madison Via hit her second career homer on Saturday against McNeese.

Defending Southland Conference champion McNeese used a four-run fourth inning to pull away from defending Big South champion Liberty, Saturday at Texas A&M's Davis Diamond in a 5-1 contest.

McNeese moves to 5-4 on the season, while Liberty is now 3-5. Both teams are 2-1 so far this weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational.

Liberty immediately turns around to take on the host Aggies, whom the Lady Flames beat, 4-2, last night.

Scoring Summary
McNEESE – 2nd INNING – Geier doubles down the left-field line, Holmes scores, 1-0
McNEESE – 4th INNING – Geier reaches on fielder's choice, Holmes advances to third, Wright scores, 2-0
McNEESE – 4th INNING – Geier reaches on fielder's choice, Geier out at second, Holmes scores, 3-0
McNEESE – 4th INNING – McClain triples to center, scores on an error, Edwards scores, 5-0
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Via homers to right, 5-1

Notable Numbers
- McNeese outhit Liberty, 6-3, while the Lady Flames committed two errors.

- Alexsandra Flores (3-1) earned the win for McNeese, allowing one run on three hits, striking out six and walking two.

- Liberty starter Braelyn Cooper (0-1), making her first collegiate start, yielded five runs (one earned) one five hits, striking out three and walking two in four innings. Elizabeth Engler tossed two innings of one-hit relief.

- McNeese's Justyce McClain went 2-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored, while Sara Geier batted 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.

- Madison Via went 1-for-3 with her first homer of the season, while Autumn Bishop and Alexis Erich both singled.

Turning Point
- McNeese led the game, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the fourth. Brenique Wright drew a leadoff walk to start a four-run inning, and an error on a fielder's choice left two runners on with nobody out. The Cowgirls proceeded to score four unearned runs, capped by an RBI triple from McClain, who scored on the play after an overthrow to make it 5-0.

Beyond the Box Score
- Via's homer was the second of her career. Both of those home runs have come in SEC stadiums. Her first homer came against Marshall at South Carolina's Carolina Stadium, March 2, 2018.

- Cooper is the fourth Lady Flame to start a game in the circle so far this season, joining Julia DiMartino, Chase Cassady and Engler.