Liberty softball will have its second fireworks night of the season, Saturday night.
Complete Game Notes Liberty (24-23, 10-5 Big South) returns home for a weekend series against Charleston Southern (20-27, 8-9). Saturday's doubleheader begins at 5 p.m., while the two teams will contest a single game, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lady Flames improved their record against ACC teams to 2-2, splitting a doubleheader at Virginia on Wednesday, while CSU dropped two games at city rival College of Charleston, Wednesday.
While CSU makes its first-ever trip to Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium, Liberty is 14-5 at home against Charleston Southern in Lynchburg since 2001.
Lady Flames at a Glance Jaclyn Amader (.331) is tied for fourth in the Big South with 11 doubles. Alexia Taylor (.322) leads the Lady Flames with 30 RBI. Rylee Reynolds bats .317, while Sarah Robertson bats .308. Tori Zavodny (.274) leads the Big South with five triples, tying for second with 23 stolen bases. Kassidy McCoy (.252) hit her team-leading fifth homer, Wednesday.
Liberty leads the Big South with eight shutouts, while the team's 279 strikeouts are its most since a team-record 373 in 2010. Julia DiMartino (12-10, 2.83 ERA) tossed her fourth shutout on Wednesday at Virginia. Chandler Ball (4-4, 3.11 ERA) leads the Big South with three saves. Chase Cassady (7-7) averages 7.7 strikeouts per seven innings.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans can follow all of the action through live stats. Saturday's first game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Alan York calling the action and Sean McNally providing analysis. Sunday's game 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 90.9 FM The Light, with Kevin Keys serving as play-by-play announcer.
Quick Hits - Liberty has hit an average of one homer per game over its last 11 contests.
- The Lady Flames enter the weekend tied for third 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's four shutouts are the second most by a Liberty freshman since 2001.
- 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. CSU (Liberty leads, 42-20) Current Series Streak: CSU W1 Last Meeting: CSU 4, Liberty 3 (5/7/15 - Buies Creek, N.C. - Big South Tournament) Last Liberty Win: Liberty 10, CSU 7 (4/12/15 - Charleston, S.C.) Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 4, CSU 2 (3/31/14 - Charleston, S.C.) Charleston Southern (20-27, 7-8 Big South) is the only Big South team to win a series from conference-leading Longwood this year, taking two out of three from the Lancers. 2015 Big South All-Conference first team player Amanda Matsumoto (.340) leads the conference with 28 steals. Lexie Vanada bats .366, while Caitlyn Emberson hits .365 with seven homers. Brittany McPherson leads the Buccaneers with eight homers and 27 RBI. Arizona Pilgrim (8-6, 3.75) and Hayley Elkins (10-19, 4.29) are CSU's top two pitchers.
Liberty leads CSU, 42-20, all-time, although the Buccaneers are 9-5 against the Lady Flames since the start of the 2012 campaign. The Lady Flames are 14-5 at home against Charleston Southern since April 21, 2001. Charleston Southern has won the last two Big South tournament meetings between the two teams.
Liberty vs. CSU - 2015 Recap (Tied, 2-2) Liberty went 2-1 in a conference series at CSU, April 11-12.
Chandler Ball tossed a three-hitter in a 9-0 Liberty victory in game one of the doubleheader on April 11.
CSU then blanked Liberty, 5-0, in the nightcap behind a six-hit effort by Jennifer Giles.
The Lady Flames secured the series win by hitting a season-high four homers in a 10-7, comeback victory on April 12, during which Liberty scored five seventh-inning runs.
Charleston Southern overcame a 2-0, fourth-inning deficit to down Liberty, 4-3, in the first round of the 2016 Big South Softball Championship.
For her career against CSU, Kassidy McCoy is 8-for-19 with two homers and five 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.
Home Cooking Through 12 home games this year, Liberty has posted a 9-6 record, outscoring opponents, 96-53 at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. The Lady Flames have batted .327 at home in 2016, while also posting a 2.67 team ERA.
Quick Conference Report At 10-5 in conference play, Liberty needs three more wins to tie the program record for Big South victories, set in 2010 when the Lady Flames went 13-5.
Chandler Ball (2-0) has posted a 1.42 ERA, one shutout, two saves and a .191 opponents' batting average in league play. Julia DiMartino is 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA and two shutouts in Big South action.
Jaclyn Amader bats .405 with a team-high 12 runs scored in league play, while Sarah Robertson and Alexia Taylor have both hit .317. Taylor leads the team with 15 RBI in conference play, and is one of five Lady Flames with multiple homers in league games.
Virginia Recap Liberty split a doubleheader at Virginia on Wednesday. In game one, Kassidy McCoy hit her fifth homer of the season, and Julia DiMartino tossed her fourth career shutout in a 1-0 win. It marked Liberty's first shutout victory at Virginia since becoming an NCAA Division I program in 1994. DiMartino's four shutouts this year are the most by a Liberty freshman since Ali Thompson's four shutouts in 2001.
The Lady Flames then made a furious comeback from an 8-3, fourth-inning deficit before falling, 9-7. Rylee Reynolds hit her second home run, driving in three runs.
K Zone The Lady Flames' 279 strikeouts this season are their most since posting a program-record 373 K's in 2010.
Chase Cassady (7.7 strikeouts per seven innings) is ranked 52nd in the nation in strikeouts per game and Julia DiMartino (7.3) is 68th. Liberty is one out of nine teams in the nation with two players ranked in the top 68 in the nation in strikeouts per game. Liberty is the only team listed with two freshmen in the top 68.
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 11 games played.
During that span, both Kassidy McCoy has hit three homers, boosting her team lead to five home runs with a game-winning blast at Virginia, Wednesday.
Additional Lady Flames to homer during that stretch are: Jaclyn Amader, Madison Kotchey, Rylee Reynolds (2), Deidra See, Alexia Taylor and Tori Zavodny (2).
On a Roll Alexia Taylor has reached base safely in 34 out of the last 36 contests. During the last 36 games, Taylor is batting .360, with eight doubles and 30 RBI.
Last 5 In the last five games, Deidra See batted .364 with two doubles and six RBI, while Alexia Taylor hit .333.
Julia DiMartino went 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA and two shutouts during that time, giving her a team-leading 12 wins. Her 12 wins are the most by a Liberty freshman since Sarah Swor's 13 wins in 2004.
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 126 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.
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