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Liberty Earns Championship Game Berth With Win Over Bethune-Cookman

March 18, 2006  Daytona Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Liberty plated runs in the fourth and fifth innings and road another strong pitching performance by Sarah Swor to a 2-1 victory over Iowa State, Saturday evening, to wrap up round robin action at the Bethune-Cookman Spring Break Classic.

Couples with Liberty's 6-1 victory over Bethune-Cookman earlier in the day, the Iowa State victory ups Liberty's record to 19-7 on the year and propels the Lady Flames into tomorrow's championship game at 11 a.m. where they will face Iowa State for the tournament title.

The contest remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning as back-to-back doubles gave the Lady Flames a 1-0 lead. Ashley Williams started with a double down the left field line, while Beth Hensley followed with a double to the gap in left center field to plate Williams and give the Lady Flames the one-run lead.

Liberty added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning as Shannon McKain led off the frame with a walk, while Jessica Leary popped a base hit bunt over Kristy Olsen as the third baseman was drawn in for the bunt.

After a strikeout to lead off hitter Jessica Moore, Dawn Jeffs knocked a base hit straight back up the middle to drive in pinch runner Rachel Love and give the Lady Flames a 2-0 advantage.

The Cyclones finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning as Fallon Johnson led off the inning with a triple down the left field line, while two batters later, Ashley Killen snuck one back up the middle for a RBI base hit to score Johnson and pull Iowa State within one run.

However, that would be as close as the Cyclones would get as Sarah Swor shut down Iowa State in the seventh to record her eighth complete game of the year as she scattered five hits over seven innings of action, while surrendering just one run to up her record to 8-3.

Amie Ford was the tough luck loser as she allowed two runs on five hits in a complete game effort, while striking out 11 batters.

Offensively, Moore and Jeffs finished the game 1-for-4 and Williams and Hensley were 1-for-3 with Jeffs and Hensley adding a RBI each.