GREENSBORO, NC – Melissa Laliberte and Logan Free tossed back-to-back complete game shutouts to lead Georgia Southern to a doubleheader sweep of the UNC Greensboro softball team in Southern Conference action on Saturday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium. The Eagles picked up a 2-0 win in game one and a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
Laliberte notched her team-leading fourth shutout of the season in game one by allowing three hits and striking out six Spartan hitters to even her record to 10-10 on the season.
Georgia Southern (26-30, 10-7 SoCon) scored an unearned run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Aubrey Thweatt led off the inning with a bunt single. Shanita Black followed with a bunt attempt of her own towards third. UNCG third baseman Kara Clouser picked up the ball and attempted to force out Thweatt at second, but her errant throw went into right centerfield allowing Thweatt to score and Black to move all the way to third base.
The score remained unchanged until Black lined a double to left centerfield in the seventh that brought home Carrie Mixon with an insurance run for the Eagles.
The Spartans best scoring chance came in the second as UNCG (18-37, 3-14 SoCon) loaded the bases with one out, but Laliberte got Vanessa Oakes to fly out to Black in centerfield. Black then rifled a throw home that nabbed Leslie Furness attempting to score from third base to end the frame.
Oakes (9-15) suffered the loss after allowing a mere one earned run on five hits and struck out three. Furness, Clouser and Jennifer Bonilla each picked up a single for the Spartans.
In game two, the Eagles scored twice in the first inning to grab an early lead. Gina Sterchi’s sacrifice fly and a Maria Laurato RBI double to right accounted for the 2-0 lead by the visitors.
Steiner made it 3-0 with an RBI groundout in the third, while Aurora Johnson capped the scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
Free improved her record to 12-10 by allowing only four hits and stuck out nine UNCG hitters. Black led the GSU offensive attack with two of the clubs seven hits in the nightcap. Laurato also chipped in with a pair of hits.
Hannah Angel (5-16) went the distance for UNCG, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out four. Furness, Oakes, Krista Judge and Lyndsay Mouse had singles for the Spartans.
UNCG finishes its home portion of the 2006 schedule with one game on Sunday against Georgia Southern beginning at 1 pm at UNCG Softball Stadium. A brief ceremony before the game will honor UNCG’s four seniors, Kelly Allen, Danielle Byrne, Gwen Johnson and Krista Judge.
Game One 123 456 7 R-H-E
GSU 001 000 1 2-5-0
UNCG 000 000 0 0-3-2
GSU: Melissa Laliberte and Sam Steiner UNCG: Vanessa Oakes
and Kelly Allen
W: Laliberte (10-10). L: Oakes (9-15). SV: None.
GSU 201 100 0 4-7-2
UNCG 000 000 0 0-4-1
GSU: Logan Free and Sam Steiner UNCG: Hannah Angel and
W: Free (12-10). L: Angel (5-16). SV: None.
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