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Lady Flames Return to Road for Series at PC

April 19, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty softball team heads to Clinton, S.C., where the Lady Flames will face Presbyterian College, Friday and Saturday.

The Liberty softball team heads to Clinton, S.C., where the Lady Flames will face Presbyterian College, Friday and Saturday.

Complete Game Notes

Liberty softball travels to Clinton, S.C., where the Lady Flames will take on Presbyterian College on Friday and Saturday. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., while the two teams will play a single game at noon on Saturday. Due to a midweek cancellation, Liberty is in the midst of a season-long 10-game road swing.

Liberty (15-26, 6-9 Big South) went 4-3 last week, and was slated to face James Madison on Wednesday before heavy rains led to the games being canceled. Presbyterian College (14-24, 6-7 Big South) had its Wednesday doubleheader with Gardner-Webb postponed until April 25.

The Lady Flames hold a 7-5 record all-time against the Blue Hose, a series which started in 2008. Liberty won last year's series opener versus Presbyterian College, 4-2, on April 30 in Lynchburg, before the Blue Hose won the next two contests. Liberty has only been to Clinton once, competing at Presbyterian College on May 1-2, 2010.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow the action this weekend through Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications office. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on

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 7-5 all-time against Presbyterian College.

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

Liberty vs. Presbyterian College
All-Time Series:
Liberty leads, 7-5
Current Streak: Presbyterian College W2
Last Meeting: Presbyterian College 2, Liberty 1 (5/1/11 in Lynchburg)
Last Liberty Win: Liberty 4, Presbyterian College 2 (4/30/11 in Lynchburg)
Series in Clinton, S.C.: Presbyterian College leads, 2-1

Presbyterian College (14-24, 6-7 Big South) rebounded from an 0-4 start in conference play to win six out of its next seven Big South games. Shelby Petik paces the Blue Hose with a .290 batting average. Leslie Hensley leads the team with a 2.96 ERA and is also the team leader with four homers and 16 RBIs.

Liberty holds a 7-5 lead in the all-time series with Presbyterian College. The Lady Flames won four out of their first five meetings against the Blue Hose, while Presbyterian College is 4-3 against Liberty over the last two seasons.

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Paul Wetmore
Record at Liberty (Seasons): 523-570-1 (19)
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 7-5

Presbyterian College Head Coach: Kama Tucker
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): 14-24 (1)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Last Meeting
The Lady Flames downed Presbyterian College, 4-2, April 30, 2011 in Lynchburg, getting all four runs on a Kelly Strickland grand slam. The Blue Hose then won, 4-2, in 10 innings during game two of the doubleheader, and claimed the series with a 2-1 victory over the Lady Flames on May 1.

On the Road Again
With Liberty's Wednesday home doubleheader against James Madison being canceled, the Lady Flames are now in the midst of a 10-game road trip, their longest of the season. Liberty played at Hampton and Coastal Carolina last week, and will conclude this stretch of away games next Wednesday with a twin bill at Virginia.

Last season, the Lady Flames opened their schedule with 19 straight games away from Lynchburg, and closed the campaign with 10 consecutive road tilts.

Tight Race
The Big South standings have been tight all season, and at present four out of eight conference teams are tied with six Big South victories apiece. Liberty (6-9) will meet Presbyterian College (6-7) this weekend, and the Lady Flames face Campbell (6-6) next week to close out their regular-season conference schedule. Gardner-Webb, at 6-7 in league play, is the other team with six Big South wins.

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 April 15. 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, April 14 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.

Grand Slam
Kelly Strickland hit a grand slam to provide the winning margin in a 4-2 Lady Flames victory over Presbyterian College on April 30, 2011. This season, Strickland has hit Liberty's only grand slam, a game-tying home run against Charleston Southern on April 7.

Strickland has recorded five career grand slams. Among current Lady Flames, Meredith Crisante also has hit a grand slam during her time at Liberty.

Since 2001, Jessica Moore (2005-07) is Liberty's leader with seven grand slams.

Week in Review
Liberty hit .309 as a team last week (April 10-15), 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, April 10, when the Lady Flames hit a season-high four home runs. Liberty closed out the week's slate of games on April 15 with a dramatic, 4-2 comeback victory at Coastal Carolina.

Meredith Crisante tied a program record by scoring four runs during a 9-8 win over North Carolina A&T, April 10. She became the fifth player in program history to score four runs in a game, a list that includes teammate Sammi Shivock. Shivock crossed the plate four times against Hampton on April 19, 2011. The other three Lady Flames all-time with at least one four-run game are Libi Cook, Alycia Stevens and Jessica Moore.