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Lady Flames Wrap Up Road Stretch at UNCG, Wednesday
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The Liberty softball team (17-18, 6-7 Big South) steps outside of conference play for the first time since March 17, with a doubleheader at UNCG (25-10, 7-4 SoCon) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Wednesday's first game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., but has been changed to a 3 p.m. start. Liberty will conclude a five-day, six-game road swing on Wednesday, one that included games at Charleston Southern and Longwood.
Season at a Glance
Liberty has won each of its last two games, a 15-4 victory at Charleston Southern on Sunday and an 8-7 triumph at Longwood on Monday. On Sunday, the Lady Flames tied a program record with 19 hits, while Katie Zavodny tied her own school record with five hits.
Katie Zavodny paces Liberty with a .393 batting average and is ranked No. 2 in the nation with 29 stolen bases. Hanna Nichols bats .341, boosted by a .487 average in conference play. Sammi Shivock hits .325 with a team-high 27 RBIs, while Kelby Allen (.280) is tied with Nichols for the team lead with five home runs.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow Wednesday's games via Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications office. Also, a live video stream will be available, for a small charge, via UNCG's Game Central page.
- The Lady Flames have won their last two games (W/15-4 at CSU, W/8-7 at Longwood)
- Liberty pounded out program-record-tying 19 hits at CSU on Sunday.
- Katie Zavodny tied her own program record with five hits against CSU, Sunday.
- Holly Seiz drove in a career-high six runs on Sunday at CSU.
- Zavodny was ranked No. 2 nationally in stolen bases per game entering the week (0.85).
- Hanna Nichols hits .487 with 11 RBIs in conference play so far this season.
- Kelby Allen bats .415 with 11 RBIs during Big South games this year.
- UNCG holds a 29-9 all-time record against the Lady Flames, including a sweep in 2012.
- The Lady Flames are 16-3 when scoring four or more runs in 2013.
Lady Flames Snap Longwood's 8-Game Winning Streak, 8-7, on Monday
Liberty built a 6-1 lead through 5 1/2 innings on Monday night at Longwood, before the host Lancers rallied to tie the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Flames scored twice in the seventh, and held on for the 8-7 win, ending Longwood's eight-game winning streak. Liberty capitalized on six Longwood errors on the evening. Half of Liberty's six conference wins so far this season have been decided by one run each.
Katie Zavodny went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Hanna Nichols continued her hot hitting as well, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Record Hitting Sends Liberty Past CSU, 15-4
The Lady Flames opened a three-game conference series at Charleston Southern with two losses on Saturday. However, Liberty bounced back on Sunday, scoring 11 unanswered runs and registering a program-record-tying 19 hits in a 15-4 win over the Buccaneers.
Liberty's 15 runs were its most against a conference opponent since a 15-6 win over CSU on April 22, 2005.
On Sunday at CSU, Katie Zavodny tied her own program record with five hits (also Feb. 27 versus Hampton), and she is the only Lady Flame ever to record a five-hit game.
Holly Seiz drove in six runs on Sunday at CSU, one shy of a school record. Seiz is the first Lady Flame since Kelly Strickland (April 20, 2011) to record six RBIs in a single game.
Katie Zavodny has made a run at several records so far this season.
She has set the single-game record for hits (5, two times), and also tied Alycia Stevens' (1995) record with a 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 24 through April 3.
Zavodny, with 29 stolen bases, needs 11 more to break Stacy Radulovich's single-season program record of 39, set in 1996. The junior outfielder has stolen 67 career bases, 13 shy of Radulovich's (1996-99) program record for career stolen bases, 80.
Where are We?
Wednesday's doubleheader at UNCG wraps up a span of six games in five days, played in three different states (South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina).
Through the first four games of this road swing, the Lady Flames are batting .310 while scoring nearly seven runs per game.
Katie Zavodny has batted .500 over the last four games, while Jill Stephens and Holly Seiz both hit .462 during that span. Seiz has driven in nine runs during the last four games, bringing her season RBI total to 17. Hanna Nichols is hitting .385 on this road trip, while Sammi Shivock has posted six RBIs. Pitcher Annah Jo Brittingham is 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA over Liberty's last four games.
Take it On the Run
Junior Katie Zavodny is the conference leader in steals, and is ranked No. 2 in the nation, having stolen 29 bases in 35 games played this season. She has set a new single-season career high, as her 29 steals are the third most in program history. With one more steal, she'll become the third Lady Flame to post a 30-steal season.
Liberty has already surpassed its team stolen base total from the 2012 season, with one month remaining in the regular season. Last year, the Lady Flames stole 44 bases on 53 attempts, while Liberty is 47-for-60 in stolen bases so far this year.
Liberty vs. UNCG
UNCG brings a 25-10 record, including 7-4 in SoCon play, into Wednesday's doubleheader. The Spartans have not played a game since last Tuesday, April 2, when they dropped a doubleheader to Virginia Tech. Allison Geiner and Lindsay Thomas both bat .396, with Thomas hitting a team-high 13 home runs. Katelyn Bedwell bats .387 and leads the team with 37 RBIs. Heather Robb has a .344 average, while Eileen Horsmon (.333) has hit a team-best 11 doubles. Raeanne Hanks, the SoCon Pitcher of the Month in both February and March, has posted a 14-4 record and a 1.91 ERA.
The Spartans are 29-9 all-time versus the Lady Flames, with UNCG claiming each of the last four meetings. Liberty and UNCG met 10 times as Big South opponents from 1994-97, coinciding with the Lady Flames' first four seasons as a Division I softball program. Liberty's last win over UNCG in Greensboro came on April 18, 2007, a 4-2 Lady Flames win highlighted by two-RBI games from Beth Bennett and Ashley Williams.
Liberty vs. UNCG - 2012 Recap
UNCG claimed a pair of victories over the Lady Flames on April 4, 2012 in Lynchburg.
Liberty built a 5-1 lead after five innings in game one, but the Spartans scored four times in the sixth and once in the seventh for a 6-5 win. Liberty's Jenny Law doubled, homered and drove in five runs, while Katelyn Bedwell hit the game-winning homer in the seventh and had four RBIs.
During game two, the Spartans scored a 9-1 win, thanks to a four-run first inning and a five-run third inning. Grace Nordan made her first career start at pitcher, while Kaylee West went 2-for-2 for the Lady Flames. Heather Robb homered and had four RBIs for UNCG.
Back to North Carolina
The Lady Flames are 3-4 when playing in North Carolina so far this year. On Wednedsay, Liberty will play its last of nine games in North Carolina on the 2013 regular-season schedule
Last year, Liberty went 5-2 in the Tar Heel State, and the Lady Flames are 88-100 in North Carolina as an NCAA Division I program (since 1994).
A pair of Liberty's outfielders, Katie Zavodny (Concord) and Blair Lawrence (Hampstead), will return to their home state of North Carolina this weekend.
So far this season, Liberty is 16-3 when scoring four or more runs, and is 1-15 when held to three runs or less. The Lady Flames are 12-5 when scoring first, and 5-13 when their opponent scores first. Liberty has been good in one-run games, at 7-3. Liberty is 11-1 when out-hitting opponents, and 15-1 when leading after four innings.