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Softball Continues 2009 at Seahawk Classic

February 26, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Tiffani Smith and the Lady Flames will travel to Wilmington, N.C. this weekend to compete in the 2009 Seahawk Classic.

Tiffani Smith and the Lady Flames will travel to Wilmington, N.C. this weekend to compete in the 2009 Seahawk Classic.

The Liberty softball team looks to capture its first win of 2009 as the Lady Flames travel to Wilmington, N.C. to compete in the Seahawk Classic on the campus of UNC Wilmington this weekend.

Liberty is 0-6 on the year, having suffered losses to four teams ranked in the Top 25 nationally, including No. 9 Tennessee, No. 11 California and No. 15 Fresno State.

Over the weekend, the Lady Flames will face the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington and the Delaware State Hornets, playing each team twice.

Liberty freshman Jenny Law leads the Lady Flames with a .286 batting average and four hits, while junior J'nae Jefferson has tallied three hits, two RBIs and a home run in 2009.

Scouting the field

Delaware State
The Hornets (3-0) are perfect on the year after three straight road victories over North Carolina Central. The team is led offensively by senior Megan Lambertz, who is batting .700 on the season with seven hits, six RBIs and two triples. Pitcher Brittany Ruark is 2-0 this season with a shutout victory and eight strikeouts over nine innings of work.

Delaware State finished 2008 with an overall record of 29-25, and the Hornets were Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions.

Liberty is 5-0 all-time against Delaware State, with the last contest taking place in 2006, when Liberty prevailed, 4-3, at the Seahawk Classic on Feb. 24.

UNC Wilmington
The Seahawks (1-7) kicked off 2009 by competing in the Green and White Classic in Charlotte, N.C., where the team was defeated by UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro and Campbell. The Seahawks also earned their first win of the season at that tournament, defeating Army, 4-0.

UNC Wilmington is led by Morgan Walters, who is batting .348 on the year with eight hits and five doubles, and Jesse Gunter, who has a batting average of .286 with six hits and two RBIs.

Liberty is 13-4 against the Seahawks, and the teams last met in 2006 when the Lady Flames triumphed, 4-3, opening the season with a 5-0 start to capture the title at the 2006 Seahawk Classic.

Liberty's Schedule
Due to the weather forecast, the tournament schedule will be determined Friday afternoon, and Liberty is tentatively scheduled to play its first game Friday evening. Please check back to www.libertyflames.com for the latest schedule information.