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3 Lady Flames Named to USC Upstate All-Tournament Team

February 26, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty placed three softball players on the all-tournament team at the USC Upstate Tournament.

Liberty placed three softball players on the all-tournament team at the USC Upstate Tournament.

Liberty senior Meredith Crisante, along with freshmen Kelby Allen and Amber Donovan, were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts during the USC Upstate Tournament, which wrapped up on Sunday.

The Lady Flames (5-3) went 3-1 during the weekend, earning second place in the four-team tournament. Liberty won its first three games in Spartanburg to run its winning streak to five games before falling to the tournament champion, the host Spartans, on Saturday.

Crisante, an outfielder from Huntington, W.Va., went 7-for-13 (.538) with three runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in the tournament. She recorded at least one hit during all four games, running her hitting streak to a team-best seven games. Crisante went 3-for-4 in a victory over La Salle, and had a pair of two-RBI contests.

Allen, hailing from Amarillo, Texas, batted 5-for-10 with one double and four RBIs as the designated player at the invitational. She hit an RBI double in Friday's 8-6 win over Savannah State, and batted 2-for-3 in wins against Savannah State and La Salle. Her batting average stands at .500 for the campaign.

Donovan, a catcher from Guilford, Conn., tied a pair of records in Liberty's 8-6 win over Savannah State on Friday. Against the Tigers, she went 4-for-4 to tie Liberty's single-game hits record, and tied the NCAA Division I record with three doubles. For the weekend, she hit .385, and hit a home run in Friday's second game.

The Lady Flames will next compete on March 6, when they open the home schedule with a doubleheader against East Tennessee State at Liberty Softball Field. The start time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

USC Upstate All-Tournament Team
Shellie Robinson, USC Upstate (MVP)
Cheyenne Griffin, USC Upstate
Janna Lewis, USC Upstate
Lacey Dinney, USC Upstate
Hannah Alexander, USC Upstate
Kelby Allen, Liberty
Meredith Crisante, Liberty
Amber Donovan, Liberty

Amber Hallman, Savannah State
Madison Hedderly, Savannah State
Alicia Aughton, La Salle