The Liberty softball team will play five games in Texas this week.
Complete Game Notes Liberty softball continues its first-ever trip to Texas with five games this week, beginning with a doubleheader at Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Lady Flames will then play at Sam Houston State on Wednesday, before facing Buffalo and No. 15 Baylor in Waco, Friday.
The Opponents Liberty (6-7) competed in three games at the abbreviated Aggie Invitational this weekend, falling to North Dakota State and Monmouth. The Lady Flames will meet Texas State (12-10) and Sam Houston State (3-13) for the first time, and face 2011 Women's College World Series qualifier, No. 15 Baylor (16-5) for the third time (1-1 series). Liberty is 0-1 against Buffalo (5-8).
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans can follow this week's games through Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications Department. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on LibertyFlames.com. A live video stream will be available for Liberty's games against Texas State on Tuesday and for the contest versus Baylor, Friday.
Quick Hits - Liberty plays in Texas for the first time in program history. Three out of the five contests this week are against teams that competed in the 2011 Division I Softball Championship. - The Lady Flames seek their first win in Texas, after three setbacks at Aggie Invitational. - Liberty overcame a 10-run deficit with a 10-run inning in its 10th game of 2012, on Tuesday against East Tennessee State, winning game two, 14-13. - Meredith Crisante was named Big South Softball Player of the Week, Feb. 27. - Liberty has hit a Big South-leading .305 so far this season, averaging 5.5 runs per game. - Amber Donovan tied a Division I record with three doubles, Feb. 24, vs. Savannah St. - Liberty posted a five-game winning streak, Feb. 11-25, averaging 9.2 runs and 13 hits. - The Lady Flames went 30-30 in 2011, winning the Big South Championship. - Liberty defeated then-No. 10 Baylor, 4-0, March 16, 2007. Liberty vs. Texas State All-Time Series: First meeting
2011 Southland Conference champion Texas State has faced a challenging schedule, going 12-10 so far, with a current three-game winning streak. The Bobcats have defeated nationally-ranked Nebraska twice, and downed then-No. 9 Baylor on Feb. 25. Taylor Mortenson leads NDSU with a .339 average, whilte Amanda Gable paces the team with three homers and 15 RBIs. Three-time all-region pitcher Chandler Hall is 5-5 in the circle. Liberty and Texas State meet for the first time. In the Lady Flames' 19 years as a Division I program, they have faced 179 different opponents, going 78-101 all-time when facing a team for the first time, including 3-0 this season. The Lady Flames are 5-6 against 2012 Southland members, with all 11 meetings coming against Texas A&M Corpus Christi when the Islanders competed in the Big South.
Liberty vs. Sam Houston State All-Time Series: First meeting
Sam Houston State brings a 3-13 record into its game against Liberty. Most recently, the Bearkats swept Houston Baptist on March 7. The team has batted .250 this season, with three .300 hitters. Toni Benavidez hits .367, while Kim Damian (.358) leads the way with four homers. The Bearkats hold a 5.48 team ERA in 97 innings pitched. Liberty has its first meeting against Sam Houston State all-time on Wednesday. The Bearkats are the fifth team that the Lady Flames will meet for the first time this season. Prior to this week, Liberty had not faced a current Southland Conference team, and the Lady Flames will meet back-to-back Southland foes, in Texas State and Sam Houston State.
Liberty vs. Buffalo All-Time Series: Buffalo leads, 1-0 Current Streak: Buffalo W1 Last Meeting: Buffalo 5, Liberty 0 (3/19/11 in Clearwater, Fla.)
Buffalo is 5-8 entering this week's games in Texas, having won its last three contests in a row. The Bulls have faced Winthrop of the Big South earlier this season, falling 7-6. Holly Luciano leads the team with a .314 batting average, followed by Alyssa Ward at .290. Holly Johnson paces Buffalo with a 4.17 ERA. Buffalo defeated Liberty, 5-0, on March 19, 2011 at the USF The Game Tournament. That game was the 11th of the Lady Flames' 12 straight games in Florida last March. The Lady Flames hold a 4-10 record all-time against MAC opponents. Liberty's last softball win over a MAC team was a 3-1 victory against Akron, March 6, 2010 in Woodstock, Ga. Bridgett Woods went 1-for-2, and drove in the game-winning run.
Liberty vs. Baylor All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1 Current Streak: Baylor W1 Last Meeting: No. 14 Baylor 8, Liberty 0 (3/12/08 in Orlando, Fla.)
Baylor, ranked No. 15 in the most recent national poll, held a 16-5 record going into this week. The Bears qualified for last year's Women's College World Series, behind All-Americans Whitney Canion and Dani Leal. This year, Baylor boasts a 1.25 ERA as a team. Courtney Repka (7-2) has posted a 1.18 ERA, beco. Kathy Shelton leads five .300 hitters, batting .393 with 21 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. Liberty defeated No. 10 Baylor, 4-0 on March 16, 2007, in Hawaii, as Jessica Moore went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs. The No. 14 Lady Bears downed the Lady Flames, 8-0, on March 12, 2008 in Orlando, Fla, to even the all-time series. The Lady Flames hold a 3-8 record all-time against current Big 12 opponents, including one win each against Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech. Additionally, Liberty is 6-38 against nationally-ranked opponents. Most recently, the Lady Flames downed No. 23 Hawai'i, No. 10 Baylor and No. 6 Michigan during the 2007 season. Off to Texas Liberty makes its first trip to the state of Texas. Freshman catcher Kelby Allen, a three-time all-state catcher from Amarillo, Texas, returns to her home state. The Lady Flames are 8-13 all-time against teams from Texas, including 5-6 versus former Big South associate member Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Liberty has one win each against Baylor, Texas Tech and UTEP.
What a Comeback! The Lady Flames battled back from a 12-2 deficit during last Tuesday's 14-13 victory over East Tennessee State. Liberty scored 10 runs on 11 hits in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 12-all, and won on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Hanna Nichols. Tuesday's win: - Marked the largest deficit overcome in Liberty's NCAA Division I softball history. - Was the first game ever played under lights at Liberty Softball Field. - Saw the Lady Flames post a 10-run inning for the first time since April 1, 2006. - Included a Liberty Softball Field-record 18 base hits by the Lady Flames. - Tied Liberty's season high for runs scored in a single game.
Tale of Two Series In Liberty's doubleheader against East Tennessee State on Tuesday, the Lady Flames and Buccaneers combined for 44 runs and 54 hits. A pair of pitching duels took place at the Aggie Invitational this weekend, with Liberty suffering a narrow 1-0 loss to North Dakota State and being edged by Monmouth, 2-1. The Hawks escaped a bases-loaded situation by Liberty in the seventh inning. In their three games in College Station, Lady Flames pitchers posted a 2.10 ERA, allowing opponents to hit just .234. We'll Take 10 The Lady Flames are 6-0 this season when registering 10 or more hits, and have not recorded a win with less than 10 base hits this season. Liberty tied a program record with 19 hits on Feb. 11 against North Carolina Central.
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