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Liberty Softball Continues Big South Action at Campbell

March 26, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Softball Continues Big South Action at Campbell

Complete Game Notes

Liberty returns to Big South play, competing in three games at Campbell, Friday and Saturday at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. The Lady Flames (13-15, 2-1 Big South) split a doubleheader with Hampton on Tuesday, while the Camels (18-13, 1-4) swept Appalachian State at home on Wednesday.

Campbell holds a 16-2 advantage in the all-time series, winning the last 10 meetings. Liberty's last victory over the Camels was on April 27, 2012.

Lady Flames at a Glance
Liberty has reached the midway point of the regular-season schedule. The Lady Flames have gone 9-5 in their last 14 games, during which the team is batting .306 while also posting a 2.04 team ERA.

Megan Robinson, in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak, leads the team with a .353 average. Kelby Allen bats .352, while Tori Zavodny (.330) paces Liberty with 23 runs and 15 stolen bases. Alexia Taylor (.329) has recorded a team-best 17 RBI, while Mickey Loveridge (.299) has hit six doubles. Chandler Ball (9-5, 3.24 ERA) has won six straight decisions and has thrown a pair of shutouts this season.

How to Follow the Lady Flames     
Fans can follow all of Liberty's games this weekend through live stats and live audio.  Both live stats and live audio streaming will appear courtesy of Campbell Athletics Media Services.

Quick Hits
- The Lady Flames opened the 1,000-seat Liberty Softball Stadium, Thursday, winning the opener, 9-2, over Rider. Liberty is 3-2 so far in its new softball facility.
- Campbell will host the 2015 Big South Softball Championship.
- All nine Lady Flames in the batting order had a hit in game one at Hampton, Tuesday.
- Liberty has surpassed its win total from the 2014 season, when Lady Flames went 11-46.
- Chandler Ball has won each of her last six decisions, improving to 9-5 on season.
- Megan Robinson has batted .462 during her current 12-game hitting streak.
- Tori Zavodny hit the first homer in Liberty Softball Stadium history.
- Alexia Taylor has six two-hit games in Liberty's last 10 contests.
- Kelby Allen ranks eighth in program history with 104 career RBI, ninth with 24 home runs.
- Blair Lawrence is fifth all-time at Liberty with 42 career stolen bases.
- Kenzie Friesen pitched a three-hitter in 2-1 win over Princeton, Friday.
- Nearly half (8 out of 17) of the roster consists of newcomers (seven Fr., one JC transfer).

Liberty vs. Campbell (Campbell leads, 16-2)
Series Streak: Campbell W10
Last Meeting: Campbell 7, Liberty 0 (5/9/14 - Conway, S.C. - BSC Tourney)
Last Liberty Win: Liberty 7, Campbell 6 (4/27/12 - Lynchburg, Va.)

Campbell (18-13, 1-4 Big South) was predicted to finish third in the Big South preseason poll. Ericka Nesbitt bats .476, while Stephanie Jones (.381) leads the team with 15 steals and 34 runs scored. Chandler Patterson has hit .287 with 11 doubles, five homers and 31 RBI. Katie Baker is 8-8 with a 2.52 ERA, while Julia Callicutt is 8-2 with a 2.58 ERA. Both Baker and Callicutt average more than one strikeout per inning,

Campbell is 16-2 all-time against Liberty, and the Camels have won each of the last 10 meetings. The Camels have posted a 10-1 record versus the Lady Flames since rejoining the Big South in 2012. Liberty's last win over Campbell came on April 27, 2012, as the Lady Flames built a 7-0 lead behind a pair of homers before holding on for a 7-6 win.

Liberty vs. Campbell - 2014 Recap
The Camels won all four meetings against Liberty in 2014.     

During game one on March 14 in Lynchburg, Liberty built a 6-1 lead, hitting a season-high four homers, before Campbell rallied for the 9-8 victory.

The Camels earned a doubleheader sweep, downing the Lady Flames, 5-2, in game two.

Campbell rallied from a 3-1 deficit on March 15, earning a series sweep with the 8-4 win.

The Lady Flames and Camels then met in the third round of the 2014 Big South Softball Championship, on May 9. Campbell scored seven runs over the final three innings, eliminating the Lady Flames from the conference tournament, 7-0.

Liberty hit six homers against Campbell last season, getting two each from Megan Robinson and Hanna Nichols.

First-Half Rewind
The Lady Flames have reached the halfway point of the 2015 regular season.

After 14 games this year, Liberty held a 4-10 record with a 6.27 team ERA and .330 opponents' batting average, while also batting .240 as a squad. During that stretch, Liberty faced then No. 1 Florida, No. 23 South Alabama, Kansas and South Carolina.

Over the last 14 games, the Lady Flames have gone 9-5 with a 2.04 ERA and .223 opponents' batting average, batting .306 as a team.

During the last 14 contests, Chandler Ball is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA. Also during that span, Megan Robinson batted .435, while Alexia Taylor hit .386 with two homers and 14 RBI. Madison Kotchey (.379, nine RBI), Kelby Allen (.340, 12 runs) and Tori Zavodny (.327) all batted .300 or batter during the Lady Flames' last 14 games.

Championship Site Preview
The Lady Flames get the opportunity to preview the venue for the 2015 Big South Softball Championship. This year's conference championship tournament will take place at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium from May 7-10.

Weekend Recap
Liberty posted a 3-2 record at the Liberty Softball Classic this past weekend. The Lady Flames opened their new Liberty Softball Stadium with a 9-2 win over Rider on Thursday, and picked up wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac as well.

Then, on Tuesday, the Lady Flames split a doubleheader at Hampton, winning game one, 6-2, before falling, 2-1, in the nightcap. All nine Lady Flames starters recorded a base hit in game one, as Liberty tied its season high with 12 hits.

Firsts for All
During the first game in Liberty Softball Stadium history, last Thursday against Rider, Megan Robinson recorded the first hit, Madison Kotchey the first double and RBI, Mickey Loveridge the first triple, Tori Zavodny the first stolen base and home run and Chandler Ball the first pitch, strikeout and first victory.

RBI Time
Alexia Taylor leads the Lady Flames with 17 RBI this season, including a career-high five RBI on March 14 at Gardner-Webb. Taylor's five RBI were the most by a Lady Flame since Jamie Crisp drove in five runs against East Tennessee State, April 24, 2014.

Shutting Down Opponents
Liberty has gone 9-5 over its last 14 contests, due in part to a strong showing from the pitching staff. During that span, Liberty's ERA is 2.19 and opponents have hit .242.

Chandler Ball is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and .223 opponents' batting average in her last 11 appearances. Kenzie Friesen has gone 3-4 with a 3.53 ERA and .220 opponents' average since March 6, pitching two three-hitters in the process.

Earlier this year, Ball was named Big South Pitcher of the Week after throwing two four-hit shutouts in one week. Ball is the first Liberty pitcher to throw multiple shutouts in a season since 2011, when Tiffani Smith threw three shutouts and Katrina Johnson had two.

Heating Up
Megan Robinson has batted .462 (18-for-39) during a career-high 12 game hitting streak. Hers is the longest hitting streak since Katie Zavodny tied the program record with a 23-game hitting streak, from Feb. 24 through April 3, 2013.

In the last 10 games, Alexia Taylor and Madison Kotchey have both batted .400, with Taylor posting six two-hit games and 12 RBI during that stretch. Mickey Loveridge (.385) and Kelby Allen (.313) are batting .300 or better during the last 10 games.

Off and Running
Liberty is off and running again this season, stealing 47 bases in 28 games. The Lady Flames lead the Big South with 1.68 stolen bases per game. Tori Zavodny paces the team with 15 stolen bases, while Blair Lawrence has swiped 14 bases. This is Lawrence's third straight season with 10+ steals.

The Lady Flames led the Big South and ranked 23rd nationally with 92 stolen bases last season. The program record of 93 was set in 1996. Liberty is on pace to swipe 94 bases this season.

100 RBI for Allen
Kelby Allen recorded her 100th career RBI on March 14 at Gardner-Webb, becoming the eighth player in program history with 100 or more career RBI. With 104, Allen needs six more RBI to pass former teammate Sammi Shivock (2011-14) into seventh place all-time at Liberty in career RBI.

3-Hit Club
So far this year, Tori Zavodny has posted four three-hit games, while Megan Robinson and Kelby Allen have registered two three-hit games apiece and Jamie Crisp, one.

Allen leads current Lady Flames with eight career three-hit games. The other current Lady Flames to post a three-hit game during their time at Liberty are: Megan Robinson (5), Zavodny, (4), Crisp (2), Katie Han (2), Kassidy McCoy (2) and Blair Lawrence.

No current Lady Flame has recorded a four-hit game while at Liberty.