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Radford Uses 7-Run Inning to Down Liberty

March 28, 2012  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Jill Stephens hit a leadoff home run in Liberty's first game against Radford, Wednesday.

Jill Stephens hit a leadoff home run in Liberty's first game against Radford, Wednesday.

Radford used a seven-run second inning to earn a 9-1 victory in five innings over the visiting Liberty Lady Flames, Wednesday in game one of a Big South doubleheader.

The Lady Flames drop to 9-16 overall and 3-2 in Big South play. Radford improves to 15-8 and 2-0 in conference play. The Highlanders have won seven games in a row, while snapping Liberty's three-game winning streak.

Liberty's Jill Stephens went 1-for-2 in the contest, also drawing a walk. Kaylee West, Meredith Crisante and Jenny Law also added singles for the Lady Flames. Chandler Ball falls to 3-5 on the season for the Lady Flames, allowing seven runs on six hits, while Alyssa DiMartino closed the game with 2 2/3 innings of three-hit, two-run ball.

Vicki Madden and Ryndee Ruch each registered two hits for the Highlanders. Radford collected nine hits in the contest. Stephanie Dameron (5-0) earned the victory with three scoreless innings of relief.

The Lady Flames wasted no time in taking a 1-0 lead. Stephens led off the game by driving her first home run off the year over the left field wall for a quick advantage. Kelby Allen drew a one-out walk, but was stranded.

Highlander Nichole Beall opened the bottom of the first inning by doubling down the left field line. Michelle Beall drove her in with a one-out single to tie the game at 1-1. Radford took a 2-1 lead on an infield single by Ryndee Ruch.

West led off the Liberty second inning with a single. However, Sacre stranded the runner by fanning two batters in retiring the remaining three Lady Flames.

Radford tacked on seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame, boosting its advantage to 9-1. Jessie Hutchens made it, 5-1, with a bases-loaded, two-run single. DiMartino came on in relief, and gave up back-to-back RBI singles. After two more runs scored, DiMartino got the final out on a fielder's choice.

Both pitchers retired the side in order during the fourth inning. DiMartino ran her consecutive batters retired streak to seven with three straight outs.

Jenny Law sent a single down the left field line as the first batter in the fifth inning, and went to second on a groundout. However, a fielder's choice ended the game, as Radford prevailed, 9-1, in five innings.