Complete Game Notes Liberty (21-21, 8-4 Big South) begins the second half of its league schedule, hosting Campbell (19-22, 5-7) for a three-game series. The Lady Flames and Camels will contest a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 5 p.m., before playing a single game, Saturday at 1 p.m. Liberty and Campbell both dropped non-conference doubleheaders on Wednesday, with the Lady Flames falling twice to Marshall and the Camels losing two at NC State.
The Lady Flames went 2-1 in last year's series at Campbell, shutting out the Camels in back-to-back games to start the weekend. Campbell leads the all-time series, 17-4.
Lady Flames at a Glance Liberty ranks third in the Big South with a .282 batting average. Mickey Loveridge's .386 average leads the Lady Flames. Rylee Reynolds bats .337. Jaclyn Amader (.331) entered the week tied for third in the Big South with 11 doubles, while Alexia Taylor (.321) has posted a team-leading 29 RBI. Tori Zavodny (.273) is the conference leader in triples (5) and ranks fourth with 19 stolen bases, while Sarah Robertson hits .320.
The Lady Flames lead the Big South with six shutouts this season, while also registering a 3.29 team ERA. Chandler Ball (4-4, 2.93 ERA) leads the Big South with three saves. Julia DiMartino (9-9) holds a 3.08 ERA, averaging 7.6 strikeouts per seven innings. Chase Cassady (7-7) averages 7.7 strikeouts per seven-inning game.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans can follow all of Liberty's games this week through live stats. All three contests contest will air on Big South Network and ESPN3, with Alan York calling play-by-play and former Liberty head softball coach Paul Wetmore providing analysis. All three games will air on radio on 90.9 FM The Light, with Kevin Keys serving as play-by-play announcer.
Quick Hits - Liberty begins second half of conference play second in Big South standings. - Rylee Reynolds hit her first career home run, Wednesday against Marshall. - Alexia Taylor is the fourth Liberty player all-time to reach 100 hits as a sophomore. - Julia DiMartino has posted 111 strikeouts, the most by a Liberty freshman since 2004. - Liberty Softball Stadium was voted second-best softball stadium by FloSoftball.com - With 43 career wins, Chandler Ball needs one more victory to enter Liberty's top five. - Jaclyn Amader leads Lady Flames with 11 doubles, five three-hit games. - Friday will be the first of three fireworks nights at Liberty Softball Stadium in 2016. - Liberty's current 12-member freshman class is the largest in program history. - 10 different Liberty freshmen have made at least one start this year.
Liberty vs. Campbell (Campbell leads, 17-4) Series Streak: Campbell W1 Last Meeting: Campbell 3, Liberty 2 (3/29/15 - Buies Creek, N.C.) Last Liberty Win: Liberty 3, Campbell 0 (3/28/15 - Game 2 - Buies Creek, N.C.)
Campbell (19-22, 5-7 Big South) went 2-1 last weekend, winning a conference series at Charleston Southern. Amber Schisler, who transferred to Campbell from McNeese State, leads Campbell with 12 homers, 28 runs scored and 34 RBI, batting .351. Schisler is also 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA in the circle. Taesha DuBoise bats .325 with 12 stolen bases, while Rachel McCollum hits .297 with nine homers and 23 RBI.
Campbell is 17-4 all-time against Liberty. The Camels have posted an 11-3 record versus the Lady Flames since rejoining the Big South in 2012. Liberty's last win over Campbell in Lynchburg 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 - 2015 Recap Liberty took two out of three games at Campbell last year, shutting out the Camels twice while holding them to a .145 batting average and three total runs in the series.
During game one, Chandler Ball tossed a four-hitter in a 4-0 Lady Flames win. Mickey Loveridge and Blair Lawrence both went 3-for-4.
Kenzie Friesen then fashioned a two-hit shutout in game two, getting support by homers from Kelby Allen and Tori Zavodny in a 3-0 win.
Campbell's Katie Baker then held Liberty to two hits in a 3-2 Campbell win.
Home Cooking Through 12 home games this year, Liberty has posted a 7-5 record, outscoring opponents, 82-43 at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. The Lady Flames have batted .353 at home in 2016, with eight players hitting .300 or better.
Madison Kotchey has batted .563 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI at home, while Mickey Loveridge is hitting .407 with 10 RBI. Deidra See (.400), Tori Zavodny (.382) and Jaclyn Amader (.286) have hit two homers apiece.
Liberty has tossed two shutouts at home this season, posting a 2.69 team ERA and .242 opponents' batting average. Chandler Ball is 1-2 with a 2.29 ERA at home, while Chase Cassady is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA and Julia DiMartino is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA.
Quick Conference Report Halfway through its conference schedule, Liberty is second in Big South standings at 8-4. Longwood leads, at 9-3, followed by Liberty (8-4), Coastal Carolina (9-5) and Presbyterian (7-5). Liberty won its first five Big South games this year, matching the 1999 and 2006 Lady Flames for the program's longest unbeaten streak to start conference play.
Chandler Ball (2-0) has posted a 1.44 ERA, one shutout, two saves and a .169 opponents' batting average in league play. Julia DiMartino is 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA and one shutout in Big South action.
Jaclyn Amader bats .410 with a team-high 12 runs scored in league play, while Sarah Robertson has hit .371. Alexia Taylor (.273) leads the team with 14 RBI in 12 league games, while Madison Kotchey has posted a team-best three home runs.
Marshall Recap Liberty fell twice to Marshall on Wednesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.
Rylee Reynolds hit her first career homer in game one, while Tori Zavodny also homered during the 10-5 setback.
Reynolds and Sarah Robertson both went 2-for-4 with an RBI during Liberty's 5-3, game-two loss.
The doubleheader lasted six and a half hours, with game one taking 2:51 and game two lasting 2:57. It was Liberty's longest doubleheader since April 18, 2015 against Coastal Carolina, when the Lady Flames won game one, 5-4, in 2:22, while Liberty took game two, 5-4, in 10 innings, a game that lasted 3:30.
Week in Review Liberty went 3-3 during six road games last week. The Lady Flames started the week by going 1-2 at defending Big South champion Longwood in a first-place battle.
The Liberty bats caught fire during a 2-1 series victory at Presbyterian, batting .326 with six homers in three games. The Lady Flames outhit PC, 14-4, in a 7-1 win on Saturday. Liberty then broke a 5-5 tie with a five-run seventh inning in game two, downing PC, 10-5. The team launched a season-high three homers during the second game. The Blue Hose salvaged the series finale, 6-3, Sunday.
As a result of last week's action, Liberty (8-4) is one game behind conference leader Longwood (9-3) and ahead of both Coastal Carolina (9-5) and Radford (7-5).
Three for Me Jaclyn Amader recorded her fifth three-hit game of the season, Sunday at Presbyterian. Her five three-hit games are the most by a Liberty freshman since Ashley Williams' six in 2005.
Nine Lady Flames have recorded a three-hit contest this season. Following Amader are: Mickey Loveridge (2), Alexia Taylor (2), Tori Zavodny (2), Katie Han, Kassidy McCoy, Rylee Reynolds, Sarah Robertson and Deidra See.
100 With her RBI single at Longwood, April 5, sophomore Alexia Taylor recorded her 100th career hit. She is the first Lady Flame since Ashley Williams in 2006 to reach 100 career hits as a sophomore. She is the fourth Liberty sophomore all-time to register 100 career hits, joining Williams, Cheryl Wyrick (2000-01) and Stacy Radulovich (1996-97).
Three additional players, Dawn Jeffs (2006-07), Jessica Moore (2005-06) and Shannon Tanski (1995-96), all transfers, also recorded 100 hits in their first two years at Liberty.
Freshman Julia DiMartino has recorded 111 strikeouts so far this season. Her 111 strikeouts are the most by a Liberty freshman since 2004, when Sarah Swor had 126 K's.
Power Surge After hitting just 14 homers during the team's first 34 games, Liberty has exploded for nine home runs during its last six games played. This included six long balls during a series victory at Presbyterian.
Madison Kotchey and Kassidy McCoy launched back-to-back homers during game one at PC. It was the first time since March 14, 2014 vs. Campbell (Kelby Allen and Sammi Shivock) that the Lady Flames had hit back-to-back home runs.
Jaclyn Amader led off Saturday's 10-5 win over Presbyterian with a home run. The last Lady Flame to lead off a game with a home run was Alexia Taylor, April 18, 2015 against Coastal Carolina.
Kassidy McCoy homered in back-to-back games at PC, boosting her team-leading home run total to four. Kotchey (March 18 vs. Winthrop) and Deidra See (March 31 vs. Hampton) have both homered in consecutive games once this season.
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