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Liberty Bolsters Softball Roster With Transfers Barrett, Plummer

July 9, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Janessa Plummer and Raigan Barrett will transfer to Liberty to play softball.

Janessa Plummer and Raigan Barrett will transfer to Liberty to play softball.

The Liberty softball team has added two standout transfers to its roster for the 2021-22 academic year. Raigan Barrett (Washington) and junior college All-American Janessa Plummer (Florida SouthWestern State College) will both transfer to Liberty and will be eligible immediately.

These two will join an already impressive incoming class that includes previously-signed incoming freshmen Paige Bachman, Hailey Deter, Lilly Heidorn, Kassandra Machado, Courtney Poulich, Rachel Roupe and Alexis Soto.

Barrett, the 2020 Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year, spent her freshman year as a backup to All-American shortstop Sis Bates. Meanwhile, Plummer finished the 2021 season as a first-team NJCAA All-American.

Raigan Barrett (SS, Fr., Puyallup, Wash./Rogers (Washington))
Raigan Barrett joins the Lady Flames after spending the 2021 season learning behind three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Sis Bates at shortstop. Barrett was named the 2020 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year and was one of the Top 50 overall recruits in the Class of 2020. She posted an OPS overall 1.500 in all of her seasons at Rogers High School. A two-time All-State honoree, Barrett competed in USA Junior National Team trials. She played for Georgia Impact and Corona Angels in club softball. Her mom, Traci Barrett, is the head softball coach at Pacific Lutheran University. Raigan has a twin brother, Jace Barrett.

Janessa Plummer (1B, Fr.*, Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins (Florida SouthWestern State))
Janessa Plummer was one of the top junior-college hitters this past year, ranking fourth nationally in NJCAA Division I with a .543 batting average. Her career batting average (.506) is the second best in program history. She is the second junior-college transfer in as many years for Liberty, following Devyn's Howard's addition from College of Central Florida. Plummer was named a 2021 NJCAA Division I All-America selection, helping Florida SouthWestern State College (49-4) claim the NJCAA national championship. She batted .600 in the postseason, being named the National Tournament Most Valuable Player. Plummer was a two-time first team All-County selection at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Fla.

The Lady Flames finished the 2021 season with a 44-15 record, including 16-2 in ASUN North Division play. Liberty, the No. 1 seed in the North Division, claimed its fourth conference tournament title by capturing the ASUN Softball Championship.

Competing in the NCAA Softball Championship for the fourth time, Liberty made its second appearance in a Regional final. The Lady Flames served as the No. 2 seed for the Knoxville Regional, eliminating Eastern Kentucky and the host No. 9 national seed Tennessee Lady Vols. Liberty fell to eventual Women's College World Series semifinalist James Madison twice at the Regional.

Liberty continued its ascent as a program posting 40 or more wins for the fourth straight full season. The Lady Flames are one of just 10 NCAA Division I softball teams to win 40 or more games in each season from 2017-19 and 2021.