Liberty trailed Radford 8-1 entering the bottom of the sixth and still faced an 8-6 deficit with two outs in the seventh when Amber Bishop hit a walk-off grand slam to cap a 10-8 win over Radford, Tuesday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
The win was No. 200 in the coaching career of Liberty sixth-year head coach Dot Richardson. She holds a 200-158 career record.
The Lady Flames improve to 34-16 with the victory, while Radford falls to 22-28. Liberty has won its last four games, all at home.
Liberty's seven-run deficit was its largest deficit it has overcome in a win since trailing ETSU 12-2 in the fourth inning of a 14-13 victory on March 6, 2012.
Scoring Summary LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – See doubled to right field, Via scores, 1-0
RADFORD – 4th INNING – Mundy singles to left, Medlam advances, Fisher scores, 1-1
RADFORD – 4th INNING – Rowe reaches on an error, sac bunt, Mundy advances, Medlam scores, 2-1
RADFORD – 4th INNING – Tapia walks, Freeman and Williams advance, Mundy scores, 3-1
RADFORD – 4th INNING – Hunter singles, Tapia and Freeman advance, Williams scores, 4-1
RADFORD – 4th INNING – Freeman scores on a passed ball, 5-1
RADFORD – 5th INNING – Rowe homers to left, Douglas and Medlam score, 8-1
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Harris singles to right, Griffin advances, Erich scores, 8-2
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – See doubles to left center, Via, Harris and Griffin score, 8-5
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Amber Bishop doubles to left center, Click scores, 8-6
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Amber Bishop homers to right center, Autumn Bishop, See and Via score, 10-8
Notable Numbers - Liberty outhit Radford 13-7, while the Lady Flames sustained two errors. Liberty left eight on base, while Radford stranded three.
- Chase Cassady (11-2) earned the win, allowing seven runs (four earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk in 6 1/3 total innings. Julia DiMartino gave up one run on two hits, striking out two and walking one in 2/3 of an inning.
- Radford starter Kayla Huffman (11-14) drew the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits, walking two in 5 2/3 total innings. Relievers Hannah Morris and Jessie Marvin combined to give up four runs on three hits in one inning before Huffman came back in.
- Madison Via went 4-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored, her second four-hit game of the season. Amber Bishop batted 3-for-4 with a double, homer and a season-high five RBI. Deidra See went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI, while Denay Griffin batted 2-for-4.
- Radford's Sydney Fisher and Hannah Medlam both went 2-for-4, while Maggie Rowe batted 1-for-3 with a homer and four RBI.
Turning Point - After Cassady had pitched to the minimum through three, Radford scored five in the fourth and three in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead.
- Liberty chipped away with a five-run sixth inning, getting an RBI single to Harris to start the scoring. See later cleared the bases with a three-run double before an Amber Bishop double made it 8-6.
- Griffin led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. After one out, Via singled to right. A fielder's choice left Liberty down to its last out. Huffman hit Autumn Bishop with a pitch, and Amber Bishop bashed a 1-1 offering over the wall in right center for the walk-off 10-8 win.
Beyond the Box Score - Amber Bishop has now hit two walk-off home runs this season, with the other one a two-run shot to end a 5-3 win over Stetson on April 6. She is the first Lady Flame with two walk-off hits in Liberty Softball Stadium history.
- Liberty is now 20-2 at home this season, outscoring opponents 128-26 at Liberty Softball Stadium.
- The Lady Flames won despite giving up a season-high eight runs. Liberty is 2-9 this season when its opponent scores four or more runs.
- Prior to Rowe's homer tonight, Liberty had not given up a homer in its last 17 games.
- Jaclyn Amader reached base for the 21st straight game.
- Amber Bishop moved up in three different career categories all-time at Liberty (3rd in hits – 227; t-4th in home runs – 37; 4th in RBI – 143).
- Chase Cassady is now in sole possession of ninth in program history with 35 career victories and became the 10th pitcher at Liberty with 400 or more career strikeouts.
- Via is the first Lady Flame since Katie Zavodny in 2013 with two four-hit games in the same season.
Up Next The Lady Flames head to Florence, Ala., where they will take on fellow ASUN newcomer North Alabama in a three-game series, Saturday and Sunday. Liberty can clinch the ASUN regular-season title with three wins this weekend.
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