Softball America Top 100 Liberty junior infielders Amber and Autumn Bishop appear on Softball America's list of the top 100 NCAA Division I softball players.
Softball America is the new sister publication of Baseball America and launched a new website covering softball at every level today. The service is one of three entities to have its national softball poll posted on NCAA.com. Last week, Softball America ranked the Lady Flames No. 22 in its inaugural Top 25 poll.
Autumn Bishop is ranked as Softball America's 80th best player in NCAA Division I softball, while Amber Bishop is listed 84th.
This is the latest in a string of preseason accolades for the Bishop twins, who hail from Murrieta, Calif. Last week, 2019 ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Autumn Bishop was named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Amber Bishop joined her sister on the ASUN Preseason All-Conference team.
Autumn Bishop had a standout sophomore campaign, being named to the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team for the second year while also earning her second Big South All-Conference first team selection. She batted .365, with a program-record 25 doubles which ranked second in the nation. Bishop also tied for the national lead with a school-record seven sacrifice flies. The first baseman dominated at the Big South Softball Championship, being voted the Big South Tournament MVP.
Amber Bishop was named to the NFCA All-Region first team in 2018, also receiving her second straight Big South All-Conference first team award. She tied for the team lead with a .365 batting average, and led the Lady Flames in homers (11), RBI (42) and slugging percentage (.644). The second baseman finished the season tied for eighth in the nation with 21 doubles and 20th nationally with 76 hits.
The Lady Flames will open their 2019 season tomorrow against BYU to begin the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. While in Mexico, the 22nd-ranked Lady Flames will also take on Notre Dame, Duke, No. 18 Baylor and No. 2 Washington.
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