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Lady Flames to Face No. 7 Tennessee

March 7, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Kelly Strickland and the Lady Flames will take on the Lady Vols of Tennessee in a single game tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The Liberty Lady Flames will head to Knoxville, Tenn., tomorrow afternoon, to face off against No. 7 Tennessee at Lee Stadium starting at 6 p.m.

The single game marks the ninth straight season that Liberty has competed against the Lady Vols.

The Lady Flames are 5-2 on the year after a 3-0 appearance in the UMBC Retriever Classic in Baltimore, Md., last weekend.

The team is led by senior outfielder Amber DePasquale, who is batting .375 on the year. Meanwhile, senior catcher Ashley Bensinger and junior outfielder Meredith Crisante have each tallied six RBIs, while Crisante ripped two home runs in Saturday's 11-3 win over Siena.

In the circle, 2011 Big South Preseason Pitcher of the Year Tiffani Smith is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 23 strikeouts. At the UMBC Retriever Classic, freshman Alyssa DiMartino picked up her first career win, a 2-1 defeat of Mount St. Mary's, and sophomore Katrina Johnson earned her first career save in that same contest.

Following the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available on LibertyFlames.com for Tuesday evening's contest. In addition, the Tennessee Office of Athletics Communications will provide a live audio stream. That link will also be available on LibertyFlames.com.

Scouting the Lady Vols
Tennessee is currently on an 11-game winning streak, and the Lady Vols are 19-2 overall in 2011. The team's only losses this year have come to UNLV and Stanford.

Kat Dotson is the team's leader, posting a .517 batting average with 34 RBIs and six home runs, while Raven Chavanne is hitting .508 with 14 stolen bases this year. Dotson and Chavanne, both sophomore outfielders, were 2010 NFCA All-Americans and All-SEC honorees.

The Lady Flames are 0-15 all-time against Tennessee, and fell in last year's meeting, 10-0. In that game, on March 14, 2010, Liberty was held to only two hits (by DePasquale and J'nae Jefferson). Liberty has never scored more than two runs against the Lady Vols.