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Lady Flames to Take on Virginia, Wednesday in Charlottesville

April 18, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames to Take on Virginia, Wednesday in Charlottesville

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Liberty (23-22, 10-5 Big South) will compete in its last regular-season non-conference games on Wednesday, taking on Virginia (15-28, 5-10 ACC) in a doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m. at The Park in Charlottesville, Va. Both the Lady Flames and Cavaliers picked up home conference series wins over the weekend, as Liberty went 2-1 against Campbell and Virginia took two out of three from North Carolina.

Liberty and Virginia split a doubleheader, April 22, 2015 at Liberty Softball Stadium. The Lady Flames are looking for their first win in Charlottesville since March 24, 2010.

Lady Flames at a Glance
Alexia Taylor (.331) leads the Lady Flames with 30 RBI, and has reached base safely in 15 straight games. Jaclyn Amader (.331) is tied for fourth in the Big South with 11 doubles. Rylee Reynolds bats .319, and hit her first home run last week against Marshall. Sarah Robertson bats .305, while Tori Zavodny (.264) leads the Big South with five triples and is tied for second with 23 stolen bases.

Liberty is tied for the Big South lead with seven shutouts, while the team's 272 strikeouts are its most since a team-record 373 in 2010. Julia DiMartino (11-10, 3.00 ERA) tossed her third shutout on Friday against Campbell. Chandler Ball (4-4, 2.81 ERA) leads the Big South with three saves. Chase Cassady (7-7) averages 7.79 strikeouts per seven innings.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow all of the games from Wednesday's doubleheader through live stats. Live stats will appear through CBS College Sports GameTracker, courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations.

Quick Hits
- Liberty is looking for its first win at Virginia since 2010.
- The Lady Flames enter the week tied for second in the Big South with a 10-5 record.
- Alexia Taylor is the fourth Liberty player all-time to reach 100 hits as a sophomore.
- Julia DiMartino has posted 121 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.
- Dot Richardson was named among 30 Most Influential Women in College Sports.
- Tori Zavodny is ranked fifth in program history with eight career triples.
- Liberty's current 12-member freshman class is the largest in program history.

Liberty vs. Virginia (Since 1994, Virginia leads, 29-7) Current Series Streak: UVA W1
Last Meeting: Virginia 4, Liberty 2 (4/22/15 - Game 2 - Lynchburg, Va.)
Last Liberty Win: Liberty 3, Virginia 2 (4/22/15 - Game 1 - Lynchburg, Va.)
Last Liberty Win at Virginia: Liberty 6, Virginia 4 (3/24/10 - Game 2 - Charlottesville, Va.)

Virginia (15-28, 5-10 ACC) picked up its second ACC series victory of the season, going 2-1 against North Carolina on the weekend. The Cavaliers have hit 40 homers so far this season, as five players have recorded four or more home runs. Katie Park leads Virginia with a .301 batting average, 10 doubles, seven home runs and 35 RBI. 2015 VaSID All-State first team player Kaitlin Fitzgerald bats .291 with eight doubles, while Allie Arneson hit .282 with four homers. Erika Osherow (12-17) boasts a team-best 3.01 ERA.

Virginia is 29-7 against Liberty since the start of the 1994 season. Liberty downed the Cavaliers, April 22, 2015, ending Virginia's seven-game series winning streak. The Cavaliers have won four straight games against Liberty in Charlottesville. Liberty's last win at The Park came March 24, 2010, when the Lady Flames downed Virginia, 6-4.

The Cavaliers are 3-2 against Big South opponents this year, splitting a doubleheader at Longwood and going 2-1 versus Radford. Liberty is 1-1 versus the ACC, taking one out of two at Virginia Tech.

Liberty vs. Virginia - 2015 Recap
Liberty and Virginia split a doubleheader, April 22, 2015 at Liberty Softball Stadium.

During game one, Blair Lawrence, Kelby Allen and Katie Han all went 2-for-4, while the game-winning run scored on a passed ball in a 3-2 Liberty victory. Chandler Ball earned her 19th win of 2015.

Virginia's Aimee Chapdelaine allowed just three hits in game two, as Vriginia won, 4-2, to split the series.

In four games played lifetime against Virginia, Katie Han has batted .364 (4-for-11) with two doubles and three RBI.

Richardson Named Among 30 Most Influential Women in College Sports
Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has been named among the 30 most influential women in college sports by Sports Management Degree Guide. On the list, released in late February, Richardson was ranked No. 29.

Richardson is one of three current NCAA Division I softball coaches on the list, joined by Oklahoma's Patty Gasso (20th) and Michigan's Carol Hutchins (21st).

The Long and Short of It
Liberty's home doubleheader against Marshall lasted six and a half hours on Wednesday, with game one taking 2:51 and game two lasting 2:57.

By contrast, Friday's twin bill versus Campbell last Friday took just 3:52. Game one went 1:24, the shortest game in Liberty Softball Stadium history.

Campbell Recap
Liberty swept a doubleheader from Campbell last Friday at Liberty Softball Stadium.

During game one, Julia DiMartino tossed a four-hit shutout, her third shutout of the season, as Liberty downed the Camels, 9-0, in five innings.

The Lady Flames then edged Campbell, 5-4, in game two, as Deidra See went 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.

Campbell shut out Liberty, 6-0, on Saturday, salvaging one game in the series.

Liberty has posted four series victories so far this season, and is tied for second in the Big South with Radford, at 10-5. Longwood leads, at 12-3.

On a Roll
Alexia Taylor has reached base safely in 15 straight games, and 33 out of the last 34 contests. During the last 34 games, Taylor is batting .374, with eight doubles and 30 RBI.

Last 5
In five games last week, Deidra See batted .417 with two doubles and five RBI, while Alexia Taylor (.375) hit two doubles and Rylee Reynolds (.357) hit her first career home run and drove in five runs.

Julia DiMartino went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA last week, giving her a team-leading 11 wins. Her 11 wins are the most by a Liberty freshman since Katrina Johnson's 11 wins in 2010.

Three for Me
Jaclyn Amader leads the team with five three-hit games. 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).

Freshman Julia DiMartino has recorded 121 strikeouts so far this season. Classmate Chase Cassady has struck out 102 batters, making this the first time in program history that two Liberty freshmen have recorded 100 or more strikeouts in the same season.

K Zone
Liberty is ranked second in the Big South with 6.49 strikeouts per seven innings, just slightly behind Radford's 6.56.

The Lady Flames' 272 strikeouts this season are their most since posting a program-record 373 K's in 2010.

Julia DiMartino (121 K's in 114.1 innings) and Chase Cassady (102 K's in 91.2) both average better than one strikeout per inning.

Power Surge
After hitting just 14 homers during the team's first 36 games (0.39 per game), Liberty has averaged one home run per game over their last nine games played.

During that span, both Kassidy McCoy and Tori Zavodny have hit two home runs each. McCoy and Zavodny are tied with the team lead this season, four homers.

Additional Lady Flames to homer during that stretch are: Jaclyn Amader, Madison Kotchey, Rylee Reynolds, Deidra See and Alexia Taylor.