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Lady Flames Close Out Fall Season With Sweep
Liberty completed its fall softball season with a 4-2 record, including four straight home victories to close out the schedule. Most recently, the Lady Flames swept Lynchburg College, 9-1 and 6-0, on Saturday at Liberty Softball Field.
"I am very pleased with our play this fall, ending 4-2," Liberty head coach Paul Wetmore said. "We have welcomed seven new freshmen and they have adjusted well and I look to them to help us defend our Big South Championship. It appears we will once again hit the ball very well and score runs. Our pitchers gave up only two runs over the span of our last four games and that is very impressive. I expect another outstanding season for Lady Flames softball."
The Lady Flames opened the fall season Sept. 17 in Harrisonburg, Va., taking on James Madison in a doubleheader. The Dukes won the doubleheader, holding Liberty to two runs on the day. Jenny Law and Sammi Shivock recorded three hits apiece over the two games, with Shivock posting a double and an RBI on the afternoon.
Liberty then played host to Patrick Henry Community College on Sept. 24. The Lady Flames opened up the day with Chandler Ball pitching a no-hitter in a 6-0 victory over the Patriots. Meredith Crisante went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and hit a home run in the fourth inning. Jill Stephens and Kelly Strickland both registered two hits, with Strickland doubling in the fifth inning.
In game two versus Patrick Henry, Liberty broke open a 2-1 lead with a five-run fifth inning, on the way to a 7-1 win. Grace Nordan batted 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI. Alyssa DiMartino pitched a complete game, scattering five hits.
Saturday, Oct. 1, the Lady Flames downed Lynchburg College twice, 9-1 and 6-0. Liberty batted .393 on the afternoon, led by a four-hit day from Shivock. Law ended game one with a walk-off home run in the sixth inning. Ball went the distance, allowing one run on six hits while striking out six. Liberty hit seven doubles on the day, including four in game two. DiMartino pitched a four-hit shutout of LC in game two to close out the fall season.
Liberty will open the 2012 spring season in early February. Check back to LibertyFlames.com later this week for the release of the Lady Flames' 2012 softball schedule.