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6-Run Inning Propels Liberty to 7-2 Victory

February 12, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kelly Strickland hit a two-run home run to cap a six-run rally in Liberty's 7-2 victory over Georgetown on Sunday.

Kelly Strickland hit a two-run home run to cap a six-run rally in Liberty's 7-2 victory over Georgetown on Sunday.

On the strength of a six-run fifth inning, the Liberty softball team defeated Georgetown, 7-2, on Sunday in the teams' final game at the Elon Invitational.

The Lady Flames avenged a 9-2 loss at the hands of Georgetown on Saturday. Liberty has won two games in a row, evening its record to 2-2, while the Hoyas' record stands at 2-2 as well.

Liberty registered three straight RBI hits to build a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning, and added a seventh-inning tally on a home run.

Five Lady Flames recorded two hits apiece, as Liberty struck for 14 hits. Kelly Strickland went 2-for-4, hitting her second homer of the season and 41st for her career. Strickland becomes the ninth player in program history to score 100 or more career runs.

Syndei Lester added a pinch-hit home run, her first round tripper at Liberty. Jenny Law went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Amber Donovan had a two-run double. Kaylee West hit 3-for-4 with a double. Chandler Ball (2-1) earned the win, allowing two runs in six innings pitched.

Cara Savarese paced the Hoyas with three hits and one RBI, as Georgetown earned six hits. Lauren O'Leary drew the loss, her first decision of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits in four and one-thirds innings.

Georgetown entered the scoring column during its first time at bat. Savarese singled in Graziano with two outs, and the Hoyas built an early 1-0 lead. Ball then struck out Madeleine Giaquinto, ending the first inning.

West recorded a single to lead off Liberty's half of the third inning. Crisante then reached on a bunt base hit. A Grace Nordan sacrifice moved the runners up one base each. With two outs, Law grounded out on a chopper to shortstop, and the score remained 1-0.

Ball struck out Giaquinto with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the third, to quell the Hoyas' rally.

Liberty surged ahead with six runs in the fifth inning, batting around. The Lady Flames loaded the bases with one out on a West base hit and bunt singles by Crisante and Zavodny.  Law and Donovan then launched back-to-back two-run doubles, sending Liberty to a 4-1 lead. Strickland hit a home run to left, adding two more runs to the scoreboard. Carter retired the final two Lady Flames with Liberty ahead, 6-1.

The Hoyas responded during their next time at bat, when Graziano sent a sacrifice fly to slice the deficit to four runs. Ball retired Shikara Lowe on a groundout to end the frame.

Relief pitcher Mackensey Carter worked through trouble in the top of the sixth, as Katie Zavodny and Law both singled and stole a base. A strikeout and groundout quelled the threat. Georgetown filled the bases with two outs in the bottom half, before Alexandra Antilla popped out to shortstop for the third out.

The Lady Flames added an insurance run during the seventh, as Lester lined a one-out home run, giving Liberty a 7-2 advantage. Alyssa DiMartino came on to record three outs in the bottom of the frame, sealing the victory for Liberty.

The Lady Flames will next compete at the USC Upstate Tournament, held Feb. 24-25 in Spartanburg, S.C.