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Lipscomb Stays Alive, Rallies for 8-Inning 8-7 Win at Liberty

May 7, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lipscomb Stays Alive, Rallies for 8-Inning 8-7 Win at Liberty

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Facing elimination against top-seeded Liberty, Lipscomb won a wild, back-and-forth game, 8-7 in eight innings on Friday to force a decisive third game of this weekend's 2021 ASUN Softball Championship quarterfinal series.

The Bisons, the fourth seed in the ASUN North Division, improve to 18-17 on the season. Liberty (38-13), which won game one this afternoon by a 1-0 score, saw its winning streak end at 17 games.

The winner of tomorrow's game between Liberty and Lipscomb will advance to next week's ASUN Softball Championship semifinal, held Thursday through Saturday at Kennesaw State's Bailey Park.

Scoring Summary
Lipscomb – 3rd INNING – Vetula singles, Davis scores, 1-0
Lipscomb – 3rd INNING – Leebrick singles, Vetula scores, 2-0
Liberty – 3rd INNING – Bishop homers, 2-1
Liberty – 3rd INNING – Sweat doubles, Bishop-Riley scores, 2-2
Lipscomb – 5th INNING – Turner flies out, sacrifice fly, Davis scores, 3-2
Lipscomb – 5th INNING – Rich reaches on fielder's choice, Vetula scores, 4-2
Lipscomb – 5th INNING – Woodside singles, Leebrick scores, 5-2
Lipscomb – 5th INNING – Crawford doubles to right, Paulson scores, 6-2
Liberty – 5th INNING – Bishop-Riley homers, Bishop scores, 6-4
Liberty – 6th INNING – Bishop-Riley singles, Via scores, 6-5
Lipscomb – 7th INNING – Kline singles, Rich scores, 7-5
Liberty – 7th INNING – Hudson singles, Channell and Wilson score, 7-7
Lipscomb – 8th INNING - Woodside singles, Leebrick scores, 8-7

Notable Numbers
- Lipscomb outhit Liberty 16-12, the most hits by an opposing team this season. Both teams left 10 runners on base. Prior to the third inning of tonight's game, Lipscomb had not scored a single run against the Lady Flames in four-plus games this season. 

- Emily Kirby (12-5) drew the loss, allowing one run on four hits in two innings of relief work. Starter Karlie Keeney lasted four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, walking one and fanning three. Naomi Jones allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings while McKenzie Wagoner gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning.    

- Breana Burke (13-8) threw every pitch for the Bisons today, earning the nightcap victory. She allowed seven runs on 12 hits, walking six and striking out five.         

- Amber Bishop-Riley went 3-for-5 with her ASUN-leading 16th homer of the year, two runs scored and three RBI. Emily Sweat batted 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI, while Caroline Hudson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Autumn Bishop batted 1-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored and one RBI.

- Presley Leebrick went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored, while Abby Davis batted 3-for-3. Kaitlyn Woodside and Kyndall Crawford both had two hits.    

Turning Point
- Lipscomb's offense broke through with a four-run fifth inning, building a 6-2 lead while chasing both Keeney and Wagoner. Jones came on to get the third out.   

- Liberty crept to within one, 6-5, with a fifth-inning two-run homer and sixth-inning RBI single from Bishop-Riley.

- With Liberty trailed 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Savannah Channell and Keeney hit back-to-back one-out singles. Via walked with two outs, and Hudson tied the game with a two-run single.

- Lipscomb struck with a two-out run in the top of the eighth to take an 8-7 lead. Liberty rallied, putting runners on the corners with one out. Channell then lined a shot to third, which third baseman Olivia Ward snagged before throwing across for the game-ending double play.  

Beyond the Box Score
- The Lady Flames lead the all-time series 7-3 against Lipscomb, including 4-1 this season. Lipscomb is 2-1 all-time against Liberty in ASUN tournament play.

- Liberty's 17-game winning streak was the second longest in program history, trailing only a 19-game winning streak from April 14 through May 19, 2018.   

- Liberty is now 3-6 all-time in extra-inning games in conference tournament play.   

- The Lady Flames are 3-1 in extra-inning contests this season and 11-5 in one-run games.

- This was the sixth time this season  that both Autumn Bishop and Amber Bishop-Riley have homered in the same game.

- Bishop is now tied with Shannon McKain (2005-08), Amanda Maska (2002-04) and Beth Bennett (2006-09) for eighth in program history with 25 career home runs.

- Hudson had her second game-tying hit in the seventh inning within the last week and a half. She hit a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh before launching a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth during a 5-3 win over No. 18 Virginia Tech last Wednesday.

- Bishop-Riley's 16 homers this season are a career high and tied with Kelly Strickland (2011) for the fifth most home runs in a single season in program history.

- Sweat is now tied for seventh-most doubles in a single season, with 16 so far this year.

- Liberty is now 48-48 all-time in conference tournament play, including 11-11 in conference tournament games under Head Coach Dot Richardson.

Up Next
The Lady Flames and Bisons square off in a decisive third game of this weekend's series, tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium.