An early offensive barrage in game one of a doubleheader, a barrage which saw CSU pound out five runs in the first four innings, paved the way for the Bucs (18-38, 2-12 Big South) to win game one 5-3 over the visting Liberty Lady Flames (16-38-1, 4-10 Big South) Friday at Buccaneer Field. The Flames would bounce back with a 7-0 win in game two.
CSU 5 Liberty 3 game one box score
After falling behind 1-0 on a home run by Liberty sophomore J'nae Jefferson in the top of the second inning, the Bucs quickly set to righting the ship by pounding out the five runs over the course of the next three innings. The first run would be scored in the bottom of the second, when Erin Kegley ripped a double to right center field that plated Tatjana Slawson to even the game at one.
The Bucs then took a lead they would not relinquish in the third inning, an inning in which Jeff Aumend's squad would post a three-spot on the scoreboard. Following consecutive one-out walks from Ashley Conway and Gail Matsushima, red-shirt sophomore Lisa Rice would put CSU ahead for the first time Friday with an RBI single to center field. Then, after an out was recorded and after the Lady Bucs loaded the bases, CSU would take control of the game when Kegley drew a bases-loaded walk for her second RBI on the day. Amy Trenkamp then followed with an RBI single to right field to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Lady Bucs.
CSU would dispatch of Liberty starting pitcher Tiffani Smith in the fifth inning, as Ashley Conway singled home Jill Shondel, who had lead-off the inning by reaching base on a Lady Flame error. Liberty reliever Sarah Ellis would succeed in subsequently shutting down the Lady Buc attack for the remainder of the game, as the junior allowed just one CSU hit in two and two-thirds innings of work.
Ellis' efforts would largely be in vain, however, as CSU starter Jamie Wellons ensured that the Bucs held on to their hefty advantage. Though encountering trouble in both the fourth and sixth innings when Liberty put two runners on with one out in each inning, the junior transfer would twice emerge out of the innings unscathed by retiring the next two batters to kept the Bucs' advantage at 5-1.
Liberty would mount one last rally in the seventh, as with two outs the Lady Flames would string together three consecutive base hits, including a two-run double from season RBI leader Beth Bennett. 5-3 would be as close as Liberty could climb, however, as Ashley Williams grounded out to Slawson at short to provide Wellons with her 19th complete game on the year while also providing both Wellons and the Bucs themselves with a second Big South win on the season.
Liberty 7 CSU 0 game two box score
Game two wouldn't go as kindly for CSU from the outset, as the Flame batters were scorching early on en route to pounding out seven runs over the course of the game's first four innings. Particularly tough to stop were freshman Amber DePasquale, who singled, doubled and tripled all in the course of the game's first four innings as part of a three-for-three day that continued her excellent run in Big South play this season, and Jefferson, who capped a day-long torment of the Bucs with a two-for-three game two effort that gave her a five-for-six overall afternoon.
On the mound, Ellis would shine once again for Liberty, as the junior recorded her second shutout of the season in limiting the Bucs to just two hits and one walk while striking out one in seven innings of work. The two hits were significant for CSU, however, as one came off the bat of Conway, who continues to be one of the Buccaneers' most consistent hitters this year, while the other came from Shondel, who recorded the 65th hit of her 2008 season, moving her just four away from the single season hits record of 69.
Though the senior Shondel would struggle on the mound Friday, relievers Whitney James and Caitlin Allen would pitch quite well in 3 2/3 innings of relief, as the duo combined to allow no earned runs while holding Liberty to their seven run total for the game.
The Bucs will conclude their home regular season schedule tomorrow, when CSU will host Liberty in a post-graduation game beginning at 2:30 P.M. The eight Buccaneer seniors will each be honored in a pre-game ceremony just before the first pitch.