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April 2, 2012
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The Liberty softball team continues its 10-game homestand by hosting UNCG, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Complete Game Notes

The Liberty softball team continues its 10-game homestand with a midweek doubleheader against UNCG, Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Softball Field. The Lady Flames and Spartans are familiar nonconference rivals, having met during each of the last seven seasons. 

Liberty (10-19, 4-5 Big South) earned a 4-3 victory over Winthrop during its most recent game, as Jenny Law provided a walk-off single to defeat the Eagles in the seventh inning. UNCG is 14-22, with an even 6-6 record in Southern Conference play after going 2-1 against Samford over the weekend.

The Lady Flames and Spartans have met 36 times, an average of two meetings per season during Liberty's time as an NCAA Division I softball program. UNCG claimed two wins in last year's doubleheader with the Lady Flames, April 6, in Greensboro. The Spartans competed in the Big South during Liberty softball's first four NCAA Division I seasons.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow this weekend's action through Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications Department. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on LibertyFlames.com.

Quick Hits
- Liberty continues a 10-game homestand, its longest since April 3-17, 2002.

- The Lady Flames downed Winthrop, 4-3, on Jenny Law's walk-off single, Saturday.

- Alyssa DiMartino pitched three complete games in a row this past week.

- Liberty played its first extra-inning game of 2012, Wednesday at Radford (L, 4-3).

- Amber Donovan hit a game-winning home run in 7th inning, March 25 at Gardner-Webb.

- The Lady Flames rank 12th in NCAA Division 1 in double plays turned per game (0.48).

- Jenny Law is batting 14-for-28 during her current nine-game hitting streak.

- Liberty overcame a 10-run deficit, defeating ETSU, 14-13, March 6.

- Liberty is the defending Big South Champion, posting a 30-30 record in 2011.

Liberty vs. UNCG
All-Time Series:
UNCG leads, 27-9
Current Streak: UNCG W2
Last Meeting: UNCG 7, Liberty 6 (4/6/11 in Greensboro, N.C.)
Last Meeting in Lynchburg: Liberty 10, UNCG 2 (4/7/10)
Last Liberty Win: Liberty 10, UNCG 2 (4/7/10)
All-Time Series in Lynchburg: UNCG 10, Liberty 4

UNCG is 14-22, with an even 6-6 record in Southern Conference play, having earned series victories over Appalachian State and Samford. Alex Emeterio leads the team with a .326 batting average, while Katelyn Bedwell (.321) and Eileen Horsman (.308) are tied for the team lead with eight homers. Cory Mattson is 10-11 in the circle, with a 3.50 ERA.

UNCG is 27-9 all-time against Liberty, and has won the last two meetings, April 6, 2011 in Greensboro. The Lady Flames and Spartans met 10 times as Big South foes, from 1994-97, during Liberty's first four seasons as an NCAA Division I softball program. The Spartans won the Big South Softball Championship during each of those four years.

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Paul Wetmore
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 518-563-1 (19)
Record vs. UNCG: 9-27

UNCG Head Coach: Jennifer Herzig
Record at UNCG (Seasons): 165-229 (7)
Record vs. Liberty: 7-3

Last Meeting
UNCG defeated Liberty, 7-6, April 6, 2011 in Greensboro, to complete the sweep of a doubleheader, after winning game one, 9-1. In game two, the Spartans led, 7-1, heading into the fifth inning. Liberty's Kelly Strickland hit a two-run homer, and Amber DePasquale connected on a two-run double in a four-run Liberty fifth inning.

Commonwealth of Success
The Lady Flames will play at least 31 games in the Commonwealth of Virginia this season, including 21 home games. Liberty went 11-12 in games played in Virginia last season, and is 273-242 (.530) when playing in its home state since 1994.

Liberty holds a 187-146 (.562) all-time record at Liberty Softball Field, including 2-6 this season.

Turn the Page
The Lady Flames opened up the second half of their 2012 schedule with a walk-off victory, Saturday. Last season, Liberty closed with a 14-12 second half, including an eight-game winning streak during that span. In 2010, the Lady Flames went 20-7 over the final 27 games of the regular season, bolstered by a program-record 12-game win streak.

Down to the Wire
Each of Liberty's most recent two victories have come on game-winning hits in the seventh inning. Jenny Law cashed in with a walk-off, two-run single in a 4-3 win over Winthrop, Saturday. She drove in Megan Robinson and Marybeth Sciolino with the winning runs. Jill Stephens hit a two-out single on a 3-2 count, loading the bases and setting up Law's base hit.

Previously, Amber Donovan belted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, March 25 at Gardner-Webb, clinching the 7-5 win and series sweep of the Runnin' Bulldogs. Donovan faced a 1-2 count, as Liberty was down to its last strike.

Going the Distance
Liberty's starters have posted four complete games in a row. Alyssa DiMartino pitched three straight complete games, tossing nine innings on Wednesday at Radford before completing all 14 innings in Friday's doubleheader with Winthrop.

Prior to this past week, Katrina Johnson was the last Liberty pitcher to throw three straight complete games, doing so May 1 through May 7, 2010.

Chandler Ball then fashioned a complete-game, six hitter in a 4-3 win over Winthrop, Saturday. Ball fired a career-high seven strikeouts in that contest.

NCAA Rankings
In the most recent NCAA Division I softball statistical rankings (April 2):
  - Liberty is rated 12th in double plays turned per game, at 0.48
  - The Lady Flames are 90th in doubles per game as a team (1.21)

On a Tear
Jenny Law is batting 14-for-28 (.500) during her current nine-game hitting streak. She is tied with Meredith Crisante for the longest hitting streak on the team this season. Crisante went 14-for-32 (.438) during her hit streak, which lasted from Feb. 11-March 6.

Law has registered seven hits in the last three games, and has a .464 average in conference play. Crisante has hit .393 during Big South games, with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs in nine league contests.

Moving on Up
Kaylee West doubled on Friday against Winthrop, moving her into a tie for seventh place all-time at Liberty with 35 career doubles.

Also a stalwart in the field, West set a program record with 17 putouts, Wednesday at Radford. She holds the record for single-season putouts (491 in 2011) and sacrifice flies (four in 2010), and is Liberty's leader with seven career sacrifice flies.

Meredith Crisante hit her 17th career home run on Saturday, and is now tied with current Liberty Associate Athletics Director Meredith (Hollyfield) Eaker for 11th on the Lady Flames' career home run list.

We'll Be Here For Awhile
The Lady Flames continue their 10-game homestand this week. It will tie the record for the longest homestand in the program's NCAA Division I history (since 1994).

The Lady Flames' last 10-game homestand took place April 3-17, 2002, during the same season in which Liberty captured its first Big South softball title. Liberty faced Longwood, Winthrop, Hampton, Elon and UNCG during its extended homestand in 2002, and meets two of those same teams, Winthrop and UNCG, in this year's 10-game stand.

Leading Off
Jill Stephens has provided a strong bat in the leadoff spot, batting 7-for-23 (.304) with a .360 on base percentage while leading off the last seven games. She has hit for power and average during that span, and has registered one double, one homer, two RBIs and four runs scored as the leadoff batter.

Stephens led off game one with a home run, this past Wednesday at Radford. She is the first Lady Flame to homer as the team's first batter in a game since Ashley Bensinger did so in an 8-0 win over Virginia, May 3, 2011.