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Liberty Set for Weekend Home Series Against Winthrop

April 17, 2014
|  Lycnhburg, Va.
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Complete Game Notes

Liberty completes its 2014 home schedule with five home games, starting this Friday and Saturday against Winthrop. The Lady Flames (6-38, 1-17 Big South) and Eagles (22-20, 10-8) will contest a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m., before playing a single game, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Liberty Softball Field.

Winthrop is 31-28 all-time against Liberty, winning all three meetings last year in Rock Hill, S.C.

Lady Flames at a Glance
The Lady Flames enter the weekend aiming to get back on the winning track, after falling in their last 11 contests. Liberty's offense has been strong at home, batting .289 while averaging 5.4 runs per game at Liberty Softball Field this season.

Katie Zavodny hits .336 with 29 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. Last Friday against Gardner-Webb, Zavodny became the second player in Big South history with 100 or more career steals. Hanna Nichols bats .298, while Sciolino hits .296. Megan Robinson (.271) leads the team with seven homers and a .514 slugging percentage. Kelby Allen (.264) has hit six doubles and six homers, totaling 25 RBIs, while Blair Lawrence (.264) has 13 steals.

Senior RHP Alyssa DiMartino leads the team with three wins, and is tied with sophomore RHP Annah Jo Brittingham for the team lead with nine complete games. Brittingham paces the Lady Flames with 62 strikeouts and two saves.
 
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow all of this weekend's games through live stats and live video. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on LibertyFlames.com. All three games will be streamed live, free of charge, through the Big South Network. Commentating this weekend will be Jacob Johnston, Matt Warner, Rett McGibbon and former Liberty softball head coach (1994-2013) Paul Wetmore.

Liberty vs. Winthrop (Winthrop leads, 31-28)

Winthrop (22-20, 10-8 Big South) has won its last three conference games entering this weekend. The Lady Eagles bat .282 as a team, good for second in the Big South. McKenzi Corn is ranked third in the conference in batting average (.426) and second in on-base percentage (.510). Maddie Antone bats .365, while Alex White (.316) paces the team with 12 doubles. Mel Andrea bats .311 with six homers and 30 RBIs. Dallas King (4-3) has posted a 2.59 ERA, while Sara Allen is 9-9 with a 2.93 ERA and 109 strikeouts.

Winthrop leads the all-time series against Liberty, 31-28, after sweeping three games from the Lady Flames last season. Liberty picked up a key win over Winthrop on its way to the 2011 Big South Softball Championship title, as Tiffani Smith pitched a no-hitter to eliminate the Eagles in a 3-0 blanking, May 13, 2011. Liberty won the March 31, 2012 series finale against Winthrop, 4-3, on a walk-off single by Jenny Law.

Liberty vs. Winthrop - 2013 Recap
Winthrop swept the Lady Flames on April 19-20, 2013 at Terry Field, with the total winning margin of four runs. Each of the last six meetings between these two teams has been decided by either one or two runs.

On April 19, Liberty outhit Winthrop, 11-5, but the Eagles recorded a pair of two-run extra-base hits en route to a 4-3 win.

During game one, April 20, the Lady Flames trailed 6-1 entering the seventh inning, before scoring three runs and falling, 6-4. Chandler Ball tied her career high with eight strikeouts, while Katie Zavodny went 3-for-4 for the second game in a row.

Game two lasted nine innings, with a walk-off hit by Teja Durante giving Winthrop the 3-2 victory. Annah Jo Brittingham went  the distance for Liberty, striking out a career-high eight. Zavodny stole her 39th base of the season, tying the program single-season record.

Lynchburg Launching Pad
Since the start of the 2005 season, the Lady Flames have hit 226 home runs in 178 games played at the Liberty Softball Field, an average of 1.27 homers per game. During the same span, opponents have hit 150 home runs (0.84 per game). Thanks in part to this stat, Liberty is 100-78 at home since 2005.

This year, the Lady Flames have connected for 18 home runs in 14 home games, including a season-best four round trippers on March 14 against Campbell.

Quick Conference Report
The Lady Flames are three-fourths of the way through the Big South season, with weekend series against Winthrop and Presbyterian College remaining.

Katie Zavodny bats .339 with a team-high eight runs scored during conference play.  Marybeth Sciolino is next, at .321. Megan Robinson (.283) leads the team in doubles (5), homers (4), RBIs (13) and slugging percentage (.604). Blair Lawrence (.273) has stolen five bases in league play. Grace Nordan hits .269 with two doubles, while Hanna Nichols hits .265. Kelby Allen has three homers and 10 RBIs against Big South opponents.

Moving on Up
Katie Zavodny went 1-for-3 with a stolen base on Wednesday at Virginia Tech, entering a tie for fifth place all-time at Liberty (Ashley Williams, 2005-08) with 196 career base hits. With four more hits, Zavodny will become the fifth player in program history to collect 200 or more career base hits.

Last 5
During the last five games, Marybeth Sciolino is batting .545 with a .615 on-base percentage, while Blair Lawrence has hit .429 with three stolen bases during the same span. Grace Nordan is hitting .364 with four runs scored in the last five games, while Hanna Nichols (.357) and Katie Zavodny (.316, 4 RBIs, 3 SB) bat .300 or better as well.

Another 100 Club
With her two stolen bases last Friday against Gardner-Webb, Katie Zavodny became the second player in Big South history with 100 career steals. With 101 stolen bases, she trails Jessica Falca of Coastal Carolina (1996-99), who holds the conference record with 196. Zavodny is ranked 10th among all active Division I players in career stolen bases.

Back-to-Back
Kelby Allen hit a home run in both games of Friday's doubleheader against Gardner-Webb. It marked the first time this season that any Lady Flame had hit a home run in back-to-back games.
With 20 career homers, Allen is just two away from entering Liberty's all-time top 10 in career home runs.

Blazing the Basepaths
With 67 stolen bases so far this season, the Lady Flames have already stolen the fourth-most bases in a single season in program history, and most since 1996. The program record for stolen bases is 93, set in 1996, while the 1994 team swiped 92 bags and the Lady Flames totaled 87 steals in 1979.

It has been a team effort, as 11 different players have posted at least one stolen base. Katie Zavodny leads with 22 steals, followed by Blair Lawrence with 13. Marybeth Sciolino has stolen seven bases, and Megan Robinson and Grace Nordan have five each.

Top 10 Listing
Seniors Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny both rank in the top 10 in program history in four different career categories.

Zavodny is Liberty's career leader in stolen bases (101), while ranking third in runs (123), tied for fifth in hits (195) and tied for 10th in triples (4).

Shivock is ranked fifth in career homers (26), seventh in both runs scored (111) and RBIs (108) and tied for ninth in walks (52).

Alyssa DiMartino and Annah Jo Brittingham are tied for ninth all-time at Liberty with two career saves, while Chandler Ball is rated 10th with 207 career strikeouts.

Two more Lady Flames are closing in on the record book, as Kelby Allen, with 20 home runs, needs two more to enter the all-time top 10. Blair Lawrence (22 stolen bases) is three away from 10th in program history in career steals.