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Liberty Softball: 2010 Fall Recap

October 12, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames softball team had a successful fall campaign, capping it off with a doubleheader sweep over James Madison on Oct. 10.

The Lady Flames softball team had a successful fall campaign, capping it off with a doubleheader sweep over James Madison on Oct. 10.

The Liberty Lady Flames softball team capped off their fall season last weekend with a doubleheader sweep over James Madison, 6-1 and 4-1, in Harrisonburg, Va. The wins concluded a 4-4 fall campaign, as the Lady Flames look toward the 2011 season.

"I am very pleased to have ended at 4-4 for the fall season," commented Head Coach Paul Wetmore. "We played six games against teams that went to the postseason last year. We had a good opportunity to view our younger players, plus we saw that our returners are in great shape and ready for the challenges of the 2011 season. I expect an outstanding year for this squad."

Liberty kicked off the fall schedule on Sept. 25 at home, defeating Lynchburg College, 3-2 and 10-2. In the second game, the Lady Flames scored seven runs in the third inning alone, highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Kelly Strickland and Kaylee West. Sophomore pitcher Kat Johnson threw four complete innings, nabbing six strikeouts.

Next up for Liberty was an appearance in the Virginia Tech Fall Tournament in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 2 and 3. The Lady Flames faced Penn State and Virginia Tech twice each, falling in each contest. All games were close, with two being decided by one-run margins.

The Lady Flames turned it up last weekend in Harrisonburg, only allowing the Dukes to score two runs during two games. 2010 Big South Pitcher of the Year Tiffani Smith threw a complete game in the second contest, striking out seven batters.

An offensive notable was Ashley Bensinger, a senior catcher, who had a seven-game hitting streak until the final matchup of the fall campaign.

The Lady Flames will begin the 2011 season on Feb. 25, 2011, appearing in the College of Charleston Tournament in Charleston, S.C.