Amber Bishop went 2-for-4 against Alabama on Thursday.
Liberty entered the fourth inning of Thursdays game in a 1-1 tie with No. 8 Alabama before the Crimson Tide scored six unanswered runs to top the Flames 7-1 at Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Alabama improves to 2-3 on the season with a win in the first game of ESPN's St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, while the Lady Flames fall to 1-5.
All five of Liberty's opponents this week appear in the Top 10 in at least one national poll.
Scoring Summary Alabama – 1st INNING – Hemphill singles to center, out at second, Mack scores, 1-0
Liberty – 2nd INNING – Via singles to left center, Channell scores, 1-1
Alabama – 4th INNING – Doerr homers to right, Sides scores, 3-1
Alabama – 5th INNING – Tow flies out to center, sac fly, Mack scores, 4-1
Alabama – 5th INNING – Clark out at second, Wallce scores from third, 5-1
Alabama – 6th INNING – Woodard singles up the middle, Sides scores, 6-1
Alabama – 7th INNING – Johnson grounds out to short, Anderson advances to third, Tow scores, 7-1
Notable Numbers - Alabama held a slight 8-7 edge in hits, while Liberty recorded the game's only two errors. Liberty left seven runners on base while the Crimson Tide stranded five. - Krystal Goodman (1-0) allowed one run on seven hits, striking out four and walking one in the complete-game victory. - Emily Kirby (0-1) drew the loss, yielding four runs on five hits, with three strikeouts and two walk in 4 1/3 innings of work. Karlie Keeney pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits, fanning one and walking two. - Skylar Wallace led Alabama with two hits, while Abby Doerr homered and drove in two runs. KB Sides and Alexis Mack each scored twice.
- Madison Via went 2-for-2 with one RBI, while Amber Bishop and Kara Canetto recorded two hits each.
Turning Point - Liberty tied up the game at 1-1 when Madison Via drove in Savannah Channell with a two-out single in the bottom of the second. The Lady Flames recorded five hits combine in the first two innings but managed just one run.
- Doerr pushed Alabama ahead with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth, spurring the Tide as they pulled away.
Beyond the Box Score - Alabama now leads the all-time series over Liberty 3-0. - Liberty is 1-3 against nationally-ranked teams so far this season. - Each of Liberty's next five opponents is currently ranked in the Top 25.
- Amber Bishop has at least one hit in every game this season, and is on an eight-game hitting streak which started last year.
- Kirby was the first Liberty returnee to start in the circle this season. The last time Liberty went this far in the season before a returnee earned a pitching start was 2004, when a newcomer started each of the first six games.
Up Next The Lady Flames will play twice tomorrow at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. Liberty takes on No. 10 Missouri at 2:30 p.m. before meeting No. 1 Washington at 7 p.m.
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