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Bishop, Engler Earn Big South Weekly Honors

March 26, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(L-R) Elizabeth Engler and Autumn Bishop were both honored by the Big South on Monday.

(L-R) Elizabeth Engler and Autumn Bishop were both honored by the Big South on Monday.

Official Big South Release

The Big South Conference honored two Liberty sophomores for helping the Lady Flames post a 5-1 record on their Spring Break trip last week. First baseman Autumn Bishop was named Big South Player of the Week, while classmate Elizabeth Engler was voted Big South Pitcher of the Week, announced Monday.

This is the first time that Liberty has had both the Big South Player and Pitcher of the Week in the same week since Feb. 13, 2017, when Amber Bishop and Engler were honored. Autumn Bishop is Liberty's first Big South Player of the Week winner this season, while Engler's Pitcher of the Week award is Liberty's third of the year. Julia DiMartino was honored Feb. 12 and last Monday.

A Murrieta, Calif., native, Bishop had a standout week at the plate, going 9-for-20 (.458) with a .480 on-base percentage, .600 slugging percentage, three doubles, seven RBI, three sacrifice flies and two runs scored. She had a hit in all six games, extending her hitting streak to a team-best 14 games. Her best games came during Liberty's series sweep at PC. During Friday's first game, she went 2-for-4 with two doubles in a five-inning victory. Game two saw her go 2-for-3 with one double, one sacrifice fly and three RBI. She finished the weekend with a 2-for-3 performance in an 8-1 win on Saturday.

For the season, she bats .373, leading the Big South with 14 doubles while also ranking inside the top five in the conference in hits, runs scored and triples.

Hailing for Temecula, Calif., Engler went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, one complete game, three walks, 12 strikeouts and a .159 opponents' batting average in 18 innings pitched last week. On Tuesday at North Carolina, she came in during the bottom of the first and pitched seven scoreless relief innings, allowing seven hits and one walk, while striking out five. On Wednesday, she helped Liberty defeat Kennesaw State, 7-1, allowing one unearned run on three hits, striking out five and walking one in the complete game. She then pitched four perfect innings of relief in an 8-2 win at Presbyterian on Friday, with 30 of her 32 pitches going for strikes.

Engler is 5-0 on the season, with her 1.73 ERA ranking second in the Big South.

Liberty (25-8), off to a 6-0 start to Big South play for the first time in program history, returns home for its next four games. The Lady Flames host Gardner-Webb in a three-game series, Friday and Saturday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.