CU and LU Split Doubleheader
Liberty 7, Campbell 6
The Liberty Lady Flames built a 7-0 lead after four innings and held off a late rally from the visiting Campbell Camels for a 7-6 victory in game one, Friday at Liberty Softball Field.
Liberty (18-29, 9-10 Big South) collected five runs by way of the long ball. Campbell is now 25-26, 8-8 in Big South play.
The Lady Flames had eight hits in game one. Kelly Strickland went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Strickland is now in sole possession of second place all-time at Liberty with 45 career homers. Jenny Law hit 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs, while Kelby Allen also had two hits.Chandler Ball (10-10) allowed four earned runs over four innings pitched before Alyssa DiMartino pitched the final three innings to earn her second save of the year.
Campbell registered with five batters collecting two hits apiece. Raven Lee hit a three-run homer, her ninth home run of the season.
Olivia Scarborough (8-4) sustained the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Camels threatened during the top of the second inning, getting back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. The inning ended when Taylor McGee's line drive hit baserunner Raven Lee.
Liberty jumped ahead with a two-run first inning rally. Allen and Strickland hit consecutive singles to lead off. Sammi Shivock then walked to load the bases with nobody out. Scarborough hit Jill Stephens with a pitch, plating Allen. Law followed with an RBI single, good for a 2-0 lead.Campbell received a pair of baserunners with two outs in the second inning. Meredith Crisante caught a sinking liner in center field to end the Camels' second time at bat.
The Lady Flames extended their lead to five on a three-run homer by Jenny Law in the bottom of the third. Shivock led off the inning with a single, and Stephens walked before Law's homer gave Liberty a 5-0 edge. Brittany Arnn then entered the circle in relief of Scarborough to get the final two outs.
Following a 1-2-3 Campbell fourth, the Lady Flames tacked on two more runs when Strickland launched a two-run home run to center. Allen singled with one out before Strickland's blast boosted Liberty's lead to seven.
The Camels mounted a five-run rally during the top of the fifth inning. After a pair of RBI singles, Lee went deep with a three-run homer to slice the deficit to two, 7-5. DiMartino then entered the circle for the Lady Flames and recorded three outs in a row.
Stephens recorded a bunt single to lead off the fifth for Liberty, and stole second. Arnn worked through trouble, keeping the score 7-5.
Campbell recorded three straight hits with one out in the sixth inning, and drew to within one run on a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Jones. DiMartino got Lee to ground out to short, leaving Liberty with a 7-6 lead through five and a half frames.
Liberty put runners on the corners with two outs during the sixth, before a groundout sent the game to the seventh inning.
McGee led off the seventh with a single to the wall, but was thrown out by Crisante trying to stretch it to a double. Melton then drew a walk, before DiMartino struck out Katie Andrews. Kailey Farmer lined out to third base, and DiMartino earned the save in a 7-6 Liberty win.
Campbell 9, Liberty 6
Facing a 6-2 deficit in the top of the seventh, Campbell posted a seven-run inning to come back and win the nightcap, 9-6, over host Liberty on Friday.
The Lady Flames are now 18-30, 9-11 in Big South play after splitting Friday's doubleheader with Campbell. The Camels even their record to 26-26, including a 9-8 mark in conference games.
Kelly Strickland posted her second two-hit game in row, driving in a run. Sammi Shivock went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Jenny Law drove in a run, giving her five for the day and tying her for 10th in program history with 88 career RBIs. Meredith Crisante and Bridgett Woods both doubled for Liberty.
Campbell was led by Ericka Nesbitt, who hit 3-for-4, while three other Camels had two hits. Kailey Farmer drove in five runs, including a grand slam.
Olivia Scarborough (9-4) picked up the win, pitching four innings of two-hit softball in relief of Julia Callicutt, who allowed six runs, one earned on five hits.
Alyssa DiMartino started the game, and yielded one earned run on eight hits 6 2/3 total innings. Chandler Ball (10-11) drew the loss with four hits and seven runs allowed in relief.
Liberty scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Shivock singled and Crisante doubled. Both players crossed the plate when Jill Stephens reached on an error by the first baseman. Stephens scored on an RBI single by Law, before a strikeout ended the inning.
Campbell put runners on second and third with nobody out in the second, on an error followed by a double by Shaela Churchill. DiMartino retired the next three batters in order to preserve the 3-0 advantage.
Kaylee West drew a leadoff walk during the second frame. A pair of errors put runners on the corners, and another walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Strickland drove in West with a sacrifice fly, and Shivock followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0 Lady Flames.
The Camels inched closer, scoring one third-inning run. Nesbitt bunted for a single, and went to third on a throwing error. She then scored on a groundout by Jones, making it 5-1.
The Lady Flames added to their lead during the bottom of the third. Amber Donovan reached via a two-out error, and went to second when West walked. Bridgett Woods drove in Donovan with a double to left, giving Liberty a 6-1 advantage.
Scarborough then came on in relief of Callicutt. The Lady Flames put runners on first and third with a single and a walk, before a popout brought the fourth inning to a close.
A scoreless fifth inning ensued. The Camels scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, with back-to-back drives to the gap by Christina Melton and Farmer setting the score at 6-2. Farmer hit one to the fence to plate Melton, but was erased on a throw to second by Crisante.
The Camels loaded the bases with nobody out on three singles during the seventh. Ball yielded three runs while the bases remained loaded, and then Farmer put Campbell ahead, 9-6, with a grand slam. DiMartino reentered the game to get the last three outs.
Crisante reached on an error by the first baseman to lead off the bottom of the seventh. After two outs, Donovan was hit by a 3-2 pitch to extend the game. Scarborough sealed the win by getting West to pop out.
The Lady Flames and Camels will conclude their conference series tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00pm at Liberty Softball Field.