Keely McMillon and the Lady Flames will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. Tuesday to take on the No. 9 Lady Vols of Tennessee.
The Lady Flames softball team will continue the 2009 season Tuesday when the squad travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. 9 Lady Vols of Tennessee. The Lady Flames have an all-time record of 1-7 against the Lady Vols after suffering a 13-0 loss in 2008. This single game will be the ninth matchup between Liberty and Tennessee, as the two squads have met on the field every year since 2001. Liberty (0-5) returns to action after a season-opening appearance at the Cathedral City Kickoff in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 6 – 8, where the team faced tough competition in nationally ranked programs such as No. 14 Fresno State and No. 17 California. The Lady Flames ended the tournament with a solid performance against No. 24 Long Beach State, scattering six hits in the 5-2 loss. Junior J'nae Jefferson smacked a two-run homer in that game to put Liberty on the board. Several newcomers proved themselves in the opening tournament. Ashley Bensinger, a sophomore transfer from Cecil College, led the Lady Flames offensively, batting .300 with three hits and a double in Cathedral City. Freshman Jenny Law finished her opening collegiate road trip batting .273 in 11 at-bats with three hits and a run scored. Tennessee (14-1) has maintained a perfect record in its last two tournament appearances in 2009, the UCF Early Bird Tournament in Orlando, Fla., and the Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The week after Liberty competed at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, the Lady Vols rolled into town and defeated Loyola Marymount, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Cal Poly and Oregon State. Tennessee's only loss so far this year came from Washington, 2-1, at the BYU/UVU Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah on Feb. 6. Tennessee is led by sophomore outfielder Kelly Grieve, who is .426 at the plate with 23 hits and 19 runs scored, and junior Tiffany Huff, who has a batting average of .422 with 19 hits and 27 RBIs in 2009.
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