Rother homers as Bucs fall in series finale to Liberty

Rother homers as Bucs fall in series finale to Liberty
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Liberty's bats came alive in the final game of the weekend series against Charleston Southern as the Flames pounded out 19 hits and scored 11 unanswered runs in defeating the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon, 15-4.

Linzy Rother connected on her sixth home run of the season, drilling a three-run blast in the bottom of the third inning to knot the game up at 4-4. The Flames, however, responded with an eight run inning in the top of the seventh to wrap up the contest and salvage a victory on the weekend.

Charleston Southern picked up their first conference series win in the 2013 season, winning the doubleheader yesterday afternoon, but fall to 9-33, 2-12 in Big South Conference play. Liberty improves to 16-18, 5-7 in conference action with the win.

Ari Tedesco had two hits to pace the Bucs offense on the day, while Stephanie Sbardella connected on an RBI double for CSU.

Holly Seiz led the Flames offensive efforts on the afternoon, going 3-for-4 from the plate with 6 RBI, while Sammi Shivock added four RBI from the plate. Katie Zavodny bounced back from two hitless games yesterday afternoon in tying the Liberty school record for hits in a game, going 5-for-6 from the plate while scoring three runs.

Jennifer Giles (5-23) suffered the loss in the game after winning both contests yesterday afternoon. The sophomore hurler pitched 6.1 innings, striking out three while walking four in the loss. Hayes Holdsworth pitched the final 0.2 innings in closing out the contest.

Annah Jo Brittingham (7-5) picked up the win for the Flames, throwing 4.2 innings of three-hit relief in closing out the game. Chandler Ball opened the contest, throwing 2.1 innings in allowing all four Buccaneers runs.

Liberty jumped out of the gates early, scoring four runs to open the contest in the top of the first. Shivock and Seiz both had two RBI singles in the frame to put the Flames ahead.

The Buccaneers took one back in the bottom of the inning as Stephanie Sbardella doubled home Marci Christian in the bottom of the first with one out.

CSU knotted the score up in the bottom of the third on one swing from Rother. Sbardella reached off a one-out hit by pitch and Jana Matthews drew a walk to put two Bucs runners on base for Rother and the senior first baseman drilled a pitch over the left centerfield fence to tie the score 4-4 after three innings.

Liberty took the lead for good in the top of the fourth as Zavodny led off the inning with a base hit. She advanced to third on Jill Stephens' bunt single and came around to score on Hanna Nichols' groundout.

The Flames added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning before closing out the contest with eight runs in the top of the seventh.

Liberty's big hit of the contest came in the top of the seventh as Seiz connected on a three-run home run to left centerfield, scoring Sydnei Lester and Kelby Allen.

Charleston Southern returns to the road next weekend as the Buccaneers travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell University in a Big South Conference doubleheader scheduled for Friday afternoon. First pitch at Littlejohn Stadium is set for 4 p.m.