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TOPEKA, Kan. — University of Nebraska at Kearney freshman right fielder Carlee Liesch recorded a hit in all five at-bats and drove in two runs Friday.

Her success at the plate and a strong start by junior right-handed pitcher Erin Hallman allowed the Lopers to beat Washburn, 9-5, in the first game of a doubleheader in Topeka, Kan.

Despite being out hit 11-10, the Ichabods bounced back to take the nightcap, 8-2.

The Lopers (15-19, 9-9 MIAA) are tied with Pittsburg State for seventh place in the MIAA standings, while Washburn (21-19, 12-4) is in sole possession of second.

Liesch hit a double in each of her first three at-bats before back-to-back singles in her final two-at bats in Game 1. She is among the Division II leaders in hits (56) and batting average (.479) this season.

Liesch was part of a UNK offense that out hit WU, 13-5, and scored runs in four straight innings.

A three-run homer by freshman second baseman Abbie Vodicka in the top of the second inning put UNK ahead for good. Hallman blanked the WU over the first two innings and picked up her sixth win by surrendering three earned runs on five singles and one walk in five innings.

Besides Liesch’s heroics, junior first baseman Sara Sempek and sophomore designated player Karlee Arnold had two hits apiece in Game 1.

Senior third baseman Cheyenne Hamilton went 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs in the second game. UNK left 10 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fifth inning, though.

Washburn took the lead when nine-hole hitter Siena Hall belted a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the second.

UNK plays a doubleheader at Emporia State (17-22, 7-9) on Saturday.

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