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Lady Flames Host JMU for Wednesday Twin Bill

April 17, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kaylee West drove in a career-high five runs on April 13, 2011, in Liberty's last meeting with James Madison.

Kaylee West drove in a career-high five runs on April 13, 2011, in Liberty's last meeting with James Madison.

Complete Game Notes

The Liberty softball team returns home for a doubleheader against Commonwealth opponent James Madison on Wednesday, with game one slated for a 2 p.m. start. The Lady Flames have played their last five games away from Lynchburg, and will head on a five-game road swing following Wednesday's twin bill.

Liberty (15-26, 6-9 Big South) went 4-3 last week, capped by a come-from-behind 4-2 win on Sunday at Coastal Carolina which was sealed by a Sammi Shivock two-run double in the seventh inning. James Madison (24-21, 10-2 CAA) saw a season-best 12-game winning streak snapped on Sunday with a loss to Delaware.

The Dukes lead the all-time series, 10-9, against Liberty. These two teams split a doubleheader on April 13, 2011 in Harrisonburg. The Lady Flames hold a considerable 7-1 advantage against James Madison in games played at Liberty Softball Field.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow the action on Wednesday through Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications office. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on The games will also be available for viewing, for a nominal charge, through the Big South Network, with Jacob Johnston calling the action.

Quick Hits
- Liberty won, 4-2, at Coastal Carolina on Sunday, on a seventh-inning double by Sammi Shivock. The Lady Flames are now 4-1 in Big South series finales this year.

- Chandler Ball tossed complete-game four-hitter in 4-2 win at Coastal Carolina, Sunday.

- Meredith Crisante is batting .394 with 11 runs scored and nine RBIs in last 10 games.

- Shivock has reached base safely in each of Liberty's last 13 games (.463 OBP).

- The Lady Flames, 12-0 when posting 10 or more hits, had four hits during Sunday's win.

- Liberty is one of four Big South teams with six conference victories this season.

- The Lady Flames are 7-1 against James Madison at Liberty Softball Field.

- Liberty is the defending Big South champion, posting a 30-30 record in 2011.

Liberty vs. James Madison
All-Time Series:
James Madison leads, 10-9
Current Streak: Liberty W1
Last Meeting: Liberty 9, James Madison 7 (4/13/11 in Harrisonburg, Va.)
Last James Madison Win: James Madison 4, Liberty 3 (4/13/11 in Harrisonburg, Va.)

James Madison (24-21, 10-2 CAA) won 12 games in a row before a 7-4 loss to Delaware on Sunday. Morgan Heath ranks second in the CAA with a .370 average, while Ashley Burnham (.333) paces the conference in doubles, home runs, runs scored and RBIs. Heather Kiefer (10-4) is second in league rankings with a 1.96 ERA.

James Madison holds a 10-9 edge in the all-time series with Liberty, dating to the Dukes' first season of collegiate softball, 2002. The Lady Flames have gone 7-1 against the Dukes at Liberty Softball Field all-time, with JMU's only win in Lynchburg coming on April 2, 2008.

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Paul Wetmore
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 523-570-1 (19)
Record vs. James Madison: 9-10

James Madison Head Coach: Katie Flynn
Record at James Madison (Seasons): 307-273 (11)
Record vs. Liberty: 10-9 (13-12 overall, including stops at Colgate and UNCG)

Last Meeting
The Lady Flames earned a doubleheader split with a 9-7 victory over James Madison on April 13, 2011. Kaylee West went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs, setting career highs in homers and RBIs. The Lady Flames trailed, 6-4, through four innings, but took the lead with a three-run fifth inning and added a pair in the seventh.

Lynchburg Launching Pad
Since the start of the 2005 season, the Lady Flames have hit 179 home runs in 139 games played at Liberty Softball Field, an average of 1.29 home runs per game. During that same span, opponents have hit just 94 homers, an average of 0.68. Thanks in part to this stat, Liberty is 86-53 (.620) at home since 2005.

This season, the Lady Flames have hit 13 homers in 15 home games. Meredith Crisante has slugged five of her team-leading seven homers at Liberty Softball Field in 2012.

Many or Few
The Lady Flames are 12-0 when recording 10 or more hits in a game this season. However, the team made the most of its four hits during a 4-2 win on Sunday at Coastal Carolina. It marked Liberty's fewest hits in a victory since totaling three hits during a 2-1 win over Mount St. Mary's on March 4, 2011. Alyssa DiMartino, making her first collegiate start, held the Mountaineers to one hit before Katrina Johnson closed out the game.

That's a Wrap
The Lady Flames are 4-1 in conference series finales this season, and each win has been secured in the seventh inning or later.

Most recently, Liberty downed Coastal Carolina, 4-2, on Sunday. Grace Nordan hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning before Sammi Shivock won the game in the seventh with a two-RBI double. Chandler Ball pitched a four-hitter to seal the victory.

On April 7, the Lady Flames trailed Charleston Southern 7-3, entering the bottom of the sixth. Jenny Law registered a walk-off single in the eighth, winning the game for Liberty for the second Saturday in a row, 9-8.

The previous Saturday, March 31, saw Liberty erase a 3-2 deficit with two outs in the seventh inning, as Law came through with a walk-off single for a 4-3 win.

Amber Donovan belted a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh, March 25 at Gardner-Webb, clinching the 7-5 win and series sweep for Liberty.

Back Together
Meredith Crisante and former Lady Flame J'nae Jefferson (2007-10) were teammates at Cabell Midland High School in West Virginia for two years, and then again from 2009-10 at Liberty. Both players were named to the 2010 Big South All-Conference Team.

Now, the two share ninth place in program history, as Crisante tied Jefferson's career total by hitting her 21st career home run, Saturday at Coastal Carolina.

200 Club
On April 7 against Charleston Southern, Kelly Strickland's name appeared in the starting lineup for the 200th time. She is the 12th Lady Flame since 1994 to make 200 career starts. Kaylee West made her 200th career start on April 10 against North Carolina A&T. Jenny Law, a candidate to enter the 200-start club, has started 191 career games.

Drive for 5
During Liberty's last meeting with James Madison, April 13, 2011, Kaylee West went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs. She is one of four current Lady Flames with a five-RBI contest to her credit.

Kelly Strickland has driven in six runs on two occasions, most recently against Norfolk State, April 20, 2011. Meredith Crisante plated six runs on March 4, 2011 versus Siena. Jenny Law set a team season high with five RBIs against UNCG, April 4, 2012.

Week in Review
Liberty hit .309 as a team this past week, going 4-3 while averaging six runs per contest. Meredith Crisante led the way, hitting .455 with three homers, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. Sammi Shivock reached base in all seven games, batting .391 with eight RBIs and six runs scored. Kelly Strickland (.381) and Kelby Allen (.333) both hit over .300. Jill Stephens hit .292 and averaged one run scored and one RBI per game.

The week opened with a 13-5, six-inning victory over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, when the Lady Flames hit a season-high four home runs. Liberty closed out the week's slate of games with a dramatic, 4-2 comeback victory at Coastal Carolina.