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Liberty Downs KSU 3-1 to Sweep Series

May 2, 2021  Kennesaw, Ga.  RSS
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Blake Gibson drove in the first two runs of the game on Sunday against Kennesaw State.

Blake Gibson drove in the first two runs of the game on Sunday against Kennesaw State.

Liberty scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh and held off a seventh-inning Kennesaw State rally to earn the 3-1 win and a three-game series sweep, Sunday at Bailey Park.

The Lady Flames (37-12, 16-2) finished up as the top seed in the ASUN North Division for the 2021 ASUN Softball Championship. Meanwhile, the Owls (22-23, 10-5) will serve as the ASUN North's second seed.

Liberty improved its winning streak to 16 games overall, its longest since a program-record 19-game winning streak, April 14 through May 19, 2018.  

Scoring Summary
Liberty – 6th INNING – Gibson singles on the infield, Canetto and Sweat score, 2-0
Liberty – 7th INNING – Bishop-Riley homers, 3-0
Kennesaw State – 7th INNING – Alexander singles, Cates scores, 3-1

Notable Numbers
- Kennesaw State held a 7-6 advantage in hits, the first time since April 3 that an opponent has led the Lady Flames in hits. That was the first game of Liberty's current 16-game winning streak. Liberty left eight runners on base, while KSU stranded seven.  

- Making her first ASUN start, McKenzie Wagoner (5-2) earned the win. She allowed four hits, walking one and striking out four in five innings. Emily Kirby allowed one run on three hits, walking one in 1 1/3 innings. Karlie Keeney nailed down her third save with 2/3 of a scoreless inning.  

- Lindsey Kyte (4-5) drew the loss, allowing one run on three hits, walking three and striking out six in five innings. Kelsey Bennett and Peyton Elzey both gave up a run in an inning of work.       

- Six different Lady Flames had one hit apiece. Amber Bishop-Riley hit her ASUN-leading 15th homer, while Kara Canetto and Madison Via both doubled and Blake Gibson drove in two runs.  

- Christen Florence and Andrea Summey recorded two hits apiece for the Owls.     

Turning Point
- Liberty finally broke through in the top of the sixth. Canetto hit a leadoff double and Emily Sweat walked. With two outs, Gibson beat out an infield single to give Liberty a 2-0 lead.    

- Kirby entered the circle in relief of Wagoner after a leadoff single in the sixth. She quickly got out of the inning with a double play and a foulout.   

- After Bishop-Riley gave Liberty an insurance run with a seventh-inning solo shot, KSU rallied in the bottom of the seventh. With one on and one out, three straight batters singled, and Faith Alexander got KSU on the board at 3-1. Keeney then came on in relief of Kirby. She got the final two outs on a 5-2 fielder's choice at the plate and a 4-6 fielder's choice at second base.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty has outscored opponents 82-13 during its current 16-game winning streak.  

- Liberty has the fourth longest active winning streak in NCAA Division I, trailing James Madison (20), Clemson (17) and LIU Brooklyn (17).

- The Lady Flames have won 13 straight ASUN contests since a 5-4 loss to Kennesaw State on April 2, breaking the previous program record for consecutive conference victories (12) that was set in 2019.

- Amber Bishop-Riley passed Jessica Moore (2005-07) into sole possession of first place in program history with 192 career runs scored. Bishop-Riley now holds eight program career records. 

- Autumn Bishop is now tied with Moore (2005-07) for the most career walks in program history, drawing her 100th career walk today.

- Keeney's three saves this season are tied for the fifth most in a single season in program history and are the most by a Lady Flame since Julia DiMartino posted six saves in 2019.

- Liberty won the season series 4-2 over KSU, while the Lady Flames lead the all-time series, 10-6.

- The Lady Flames are 30-4 when scoring first this season.     

- Liberty is 6-1 in games decided by two runs this year.  

- Liberty posted a 0.76 ERA in ASUN play this season, tossing a program-record 12 shutouts in conference games.  

Up Next
Liberty wraps up is regular-season schedule, taking on Virginia Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tech Softball Park. The Lady Flames posted a 5-3, come-from-behind win over the Hokies on Wednesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.