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Team USA Blanks Liberty in Exhibition Game

February 12, 2020  Clearwater, Fla.   RSS
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Liberty faced Team USA in an exhibition contest tonight in Clearwater, Fla.

Liberty faced Team USA in an exhibition contest tonight in Clearwater, Fla.

The Liberty softball team faced some of the top players in the game on Wednesday night at Eddie C. Moore Complex, taking on Team USA in an exhibition game. The Lady Flames fell to the United States Women's Softball National Team, 18-0, in five innings.

Team USA has won all eight of its games so far on the "Stand Beside Her" tour, presented by Major League Baseball. The national team downed No. 11 Florida 5-3 last night in Gainesville, Fla.

Notable Numbers
- Team USA outhit Liberty 18-1, with the Lady Flames committing the game's lone error.

- Cat Osterman earned the win, allowing one hit while striking out five batters in three innings pitched. Ally Carda tossed two hitless innings of relief, striking out four.

- Liberty starter Emily Kirby struck out the first batter she saw, Janie Reed, before allowing four earned runs on four hits, walking three in two innings pitched. Karlie Keeney, Kastin Belogorska and Megan Johnson all pitched in relief.

- Ali Aguilar went 4-for-5 for Team USA, who got homers from Valerie Arioto (two-run), Taylor Edwards (grand slam) and Hannah Flippen (two-run).

- Amber Bishop batted 1-for-2 for the Lady Flames, while Kayla Harris and Savannah Channell were both hit by a pitch.

Turning Point
- Team USA led 2-0 after two innings, before scoring three in the third, five in the fourth and eight in the fifth to pull away for the 18-0 victory.

Beyond the Box Score
- Current Liberty Head Coach Dot Richardson, a USA Softball Hall of Famer, won two Olympic Gold medals among many other accomplishments during a stories career playing for Team USA.

- Liberty met Team USA for the first time in program history on Wednesday. However, the Lady Flames have faced current Team USA players Monica Abbott (Tennessee), Hayley McLeney (Alabama), Aubree Munro (Florida), Kelsey Stewart (Florida), Delaney Spaulding (UCLA), Rachel Garcia (UCLA), Valerie Arioto (California), Bubba Nickles (UCLA).

- Team USA entered today's game with a 7-0 record on its "Stand Beside Her" tour, outscoring opponents by a combined 44-6. The included shutout wins over USF, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Illinois

Up Next
The Lady Flames will take on No. 8 Alabama tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to begin the collegiate portion of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.