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Liberty to Host Commonwealth Rival Radford, Tuesday

April 22, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty to Host Commonwealth Rival Radford, Tuesday

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Liberty (33-16, 15-3 ASUN) and Radford (22-27, 12-9 Big South) renew their rivalry with a single game Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. Liberty and Radford were conference rivals from 1994-2018, so it was fitting that they met in the 2018 Big South Softball Championship final, which Liberty won 5-1 at Radford, May 12, 2018.

Radford at Liberty
April 23, 2019 - 6 p.m.
Liberty Softball Stadium - Lynchburg, Va.

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The Highlanders downed Liberty 3-2 in nine innings on April 13, 2018, which was the first game of the three-game series. Liberty won games two and three of the series, sparking a program-record 19-game winning streak that was snapped in the NCAA Columbia Regional final.

Both Liberty and Radford celebrated Senior Day over the weekend with series sweeps. Liberty outscored Jacksonville 14-1 in the sweep, while Radford swept Hampton by a combined 27-2.

Liberty has swept each of its last four ASUN opponents and is currently on a program-record 12-game conference winning streak. In conference play, Liberty bats .301 as a team, scoring 4.8 runs per game. The Lady Flames have posted a 1.09 ERA in ASUN games.

Sixth-year head coach Dot Richardson needs one more win to reach 200 career victories. Richardson's 100th win came at Gardner-Webb, April 14, 2017, just over two years ago.

Liberty (1.56 ERA) is currently ranked sixth in the nation in team ERA, and the Lady Flames have tossed 15 shutouts. Liberty has thrown two no-hitters, including a perfect game from Julia DiMartino versus Princeton and a four-pitcher no-hitter versus Quinnipiac.

Liberty returns eight all-conference players from last year's team, led by two-time Big South Pitcher of the Year Julia DiMartino, 2019 ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Autumn Bishop and Amber Bishop. All three were named to the NFCA All-Region team each of the last two years. Autumn Bishop was named to the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List.

Autumn Bishop was named ASUN Player of the Week on Monday, the fourth Lady Flame to earn the honor this season. She batted .583 with five runs scored and five RBI last week.

DiMartino, a two-time NFCA All-Region pitcher, is 17-7 with a 1.11 ERA, .192 opponents batting average, three shutouts and four saves. Chase Cassady is 10-2 with a 1.37 ERA and a .204 opponents batting average. DiMartino (11th nationally) and Cassady (23rd) are ranked first and third in the ASUN in ERA. Liberty, UCLA, Alabama and Oklahoma are the only teams in NCAA Division I softball to have two pitchers ranked in the top 25 nationally in ERA.

Amber Bishop bats .387 and leads the ASUN in hits (63) and home runs (10), also leading the team in runs (35), doubles (12) and RBI (30). Her twin sister, Autumn Bishop, hits .376 and leads the ASUN with a .480 on base percentage. Jaclyn Amader (.328) is second on the team with 27 RBI, while Madison Via (.320) leads Liberty with 16 stolen bases. Sarah Robertson (.319) carries a .416 on base percentage.

Quick Hits
- Autumn Bishop is currently on a team-best 13-game hitting streak.

- Jaclyn Amader has reached base in each of Liberty's last 20 games, batting .411 during that span.

- Liberty is 15-0 this season when scoring at least once in the first inning.

- The Lady Flames are 26-1 when scoring four or more runs, and 1-9 when allowing four or more.

- Liberty is 19-2 at Liberty Softball Stadium, outscoring opponents 118-18 at home