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Liberty to Host Final 2011 Home Contests Tomorrow
The Lady Flames will conclude their 2011 home slate at Liberty Softball Field, tomorrow afternoon, hosting non-conference opponent Virginia in a doubleheader at 2 p.m.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled for March 30, but was rescheduled for tomorrow due to inclement weather.
Live stats for both games will be available via GameTracker on LibertyFlames.com, as well as a live audio broadcast.
Liberty (23-25, 9-6 Big South) has struggled lately, going 3-7 in its last 10 games. The Lady Flames dropped two out of three contests to Big South foe Presbyterian College over the weekend, after being swept by Virginia Tech and falling in a resumed contest against Radford.
Three Lady Flames are hitting over .300 this season: Kelly Strickland (.362), Keely McMillon (.352) and Ashley Bensinger (.348). Those averages are good for the No. 4, 5 and 6 slots on the individual batting leaderboard in the conference.
As a team, Liberty is leading the Big South in several statistical categories. The Lady Flames, second only to Radford in the conference standings, currently lead the league with a .286 team batting average. Strickland leads the conference with 43 RBIs, 15 home runs and 102 total bases, and the Lady Flames have scored the most runs (252) and recorded the most hits (382) and RBIs (232) in the Big South.
Meanwhile, Katrina Johnson leads all Liberty pitchers with a 2.15 ERA and a 12-10 record. The sophomore has logged 25 game starts and 13 complete games this season, including 16 total innings on Saturday alone.
After tomorrow's doubleheader, only one regular-season series remains for Liberty, as the Lady Flames will travel to Conway, S.C. to face Coastal Carolina.
Like Liberty, Virginia is also 3-7 during its last 10 contests. Before defeating N.C. State, 1-0, yesterday afternoon, the Cavaliers had dropped six games in a row.
Big South member Radford swept Virginia, 5-1 and 1-0, on April 27. Virginia also took two games from ACC opponent Virginia Tech in a three-game conference series.
The Cavaliers are hitting .252 as a team, compared to .286 for their opponents. The squad is led by Stephanie Harris, who has tallied a .324 batting average this season, while Marcy Bowdren is hitting .287 with 27 RBIs. The most home runs for a single Cavalier is five, by Bowdren.
Melanie Mitchell is 15-16 in the circle for Virginia, posting a 3.40 ERA with 25 complete games and seven shutouts. She currently leads the pitching staff with 234 strikeouts and 201.2 innings pitched this year.
Liberty is 5-21 all-time against Virginia, and split last year's doubleheader in Charlottesville, Va. The Lady Flames dropped the first game, 4-0, before coming back to claim a 6-4 victory in game two.
The last time the Lady Flames were victorious over the Cavaliers at home was on April 9, 2008. That day, Liberty won the first game, 7-6, before Virginia responded with a 9-6 win in game two of the doubleheader.