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March 3, 2011
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The Lady Flames will face four different teams at the UMBC Retriever Classic in Baltimore, Md., this weekend.

The Liberty Lady Flames will continue their 2011 slate this weekend, traveling to Baltimore, Md., to play four games at the UMBC Retriever Classic, Friday through Sunday.

Liberty is 2-2 on the year after its opening weekend in Charleston, S.C., where the Lady Flames picked up wins over Marist and Drexel at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic.

The Lady Flames will open the tournament against Siena on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. contest against Mount St. Mary's. On Saturday, Liberty will square off against the Tigers of Princeton, and then will conclude the tournament with a game against Iona on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

After one weekend of competition in 2011, Amber DePasquale leads the team with a .300 batting average, and she recorded a double and a triple in Charleston. Meanwhile, junior Jenny Law drove in four runs during the Cougar Classic.

Several Lady Flames recorded their first career hits last weekend, including freshmen Katie Zavodny and Sammi Shivock, and redshirt freshman Jill Stephens, who also nabbed her first career RBI. Additionally, freshman pitcher Alyssa DiMartino saw action for the first time as a Lady Flame, throwing one complete inning and facing four batters. She gave up no hits and one walk during the appearance against the Dragons of Drexel.

Returning pitchers Tiffani Smith and Katrina Johnson are each 1-1 on the year, posting ERA's of 1.08 and 1.75, respectively.

Following the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available on LibertyFlames.com via GameTracker for all games this weekend.

Scouting the Field

The Saints match up with Liberty so far this year, having posted a 2-2 record. Last weekend, Siena picked up wins over South Carolina State and North Carolina Central at the Lady Eagle Classic in Cary, N.C.

Sophomore shortstop Shannon Jones leads the team, batting .615 with eight hits and two doubles, and rookie pitcher/outfielder Jessika-Jo Sandrini is batting .600 with five RBIs.

In the circle, Sandrini is 1-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 11.0 innings of work, while Amanda Filipazzo is also 1-1 with six strikeouts.

Friday morning's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between Liberty and Siena.

Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's is 1-1 in 2011 after splitting a doubleheader with George Mason on Wednesday.

Mount St. Mary's, picked eighth in this year's NEC preseason poll, ended the 2010 campaign with a 25-25 overall mark. The squad returns six starters on offense, including junior Taylor Beebe, who led the team with a .360 batting average, 40 hits, 27 runs scored, eight doubles, five home runs and 27 RBIs to earn a spot on the All-NEC second team.

Junior Amanda Sadowl is the team's top returning pitcher with a 14-11 record, a 3.28 ERA and 73 strikeouts in her sophomore campaign.

The Lady Flames are 9-0 all-time against the Mountaineers, and swept a doubleheader, 1-0 and 7-0, when the teams last met on March 7, 2006, in Lynchburg.

This weekend will also mark the season-opener for the Tigers, who finished 2010 12-32 overall and 6-14 in Ivy League play.

Princeton returns six of its 10 most frequent starters from last season, including catcher Sarah Rounsifer and infielder Megan Weidrick, two of the three Tigers to start all 44 games in 2010. In the circle, the Tigers return sophomores Liza Kuhn (5-11) and Alex Peyton (3-5) while bringing back senior Michelle Tolfa (4-16).

Liberty and Princeton have met once before, on March 2, 2007, at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Lady Flames were victorious in that contest, 9-4.

Iona, the 2010 MAAC tournament champion, is 5-3 on the year after a 3-1 showing at the Spartan Invitational in Norfolk, Va., last weekend. The Gaels defeated Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson and Morgan State before falling to George Washington.

Iona is led this season by senior catcher Melanie Gettins, who is batting .350 with seven hits, three doubles and four RBIs. Senior utility player Alyssa Maiese is hitting .304 with six RBIs, four doubles and a home run.

In the circle, junior right-hander Sarah Jackson is undefeated with a 4-0 record, boasting a 1.85 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work.

This will mark the second meeting between Liberty and Iona, and the Gaels won the first contest, 2-0, on March 13, 2004, at the Bethune-Cookman Classic.