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Rules Clarification Gives Lady Flames Tie
In its opening game of the year against Tennessee Tech, Liberty tied the contest 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Amber DePasquale clocked a solo home run to lead off the frame.
Following a walk issued to Shannon McKain and pinch runner Leah Cossentino taking first base, the game was stopped for the third time due to inclement weather. The remainder of the day was subsequently washed out and Liberty's contest was ruled a 2-1 victory in favor of Tennessee Tech. Because the sixth inning had not been completed, the score was to revert back to the last completed inning which had the Golden Eagles head by one run.
However, upon further review of the 2008 NCAA Softball Rules book, Rule 126.96.36.199 states "The score (of a called game) shall be that of the last equal inning played, expect that in the following circumstances. The score of the game shall be the total number of runs that each team has scored, if the home team is at bat when the game is called and has scored in the incomplete inning the same number of runs or more runs than the visiting team."
Because the Lady Flames were the home team and were allowed to start their at bats in the bottom of the sixth inning and had tied the game, the umpire in chief of the College of Charleston Cougar Classic ruled the outcome of the game to be a 2-2 tie.
The tie is just the second ever in program history, as the Lady Flames other tie softball contests took place during the 1983 season.
The Lady Flames will return the softball diamond for the first doubleheader of the year on Wednesday, when Liberty travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee. The non-conference twinbill is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., against the nation's fifth-ranked team inside of the newly completely Sherri Parker Lee Softball Complex.