The Liberty softball team hosts Campbell in its final Big South regular-season series of the season.
Complete Game Notes The Liberty softball team closes out the conference portion of its 2012 regular-season schedule by hosting Campbell for three games, Friday and Saturday. Friday's doubleheader begins at 4 p.m., with Saturday's game set to start at 1 p.m. The Lady Flames and Camels have both registered eight conference victories so far this season. Seeding for the Big South Conference Softball Championship will be announced on Sunday, May 6.
Storylines Liberty (17-29, 8-10 Big South), claimed a two-games-to-one Big South series victory over Presbyterian College this past weekend, before falling twice at ACC opponent Virginia on Wednesday. Campbell (25-25, 8-7 Big South) has won four out of its last five games, including two wins over Coastal Carolina last weekend. Liberty and Campbell have only met seven times in softball, starting April 3, 1995. Campbell holds a 6-1 record all-time against the Lady Flames. The Camels have visited Liberty Softball Field just once before, as the teams split a twin bill on April 13, 2000.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans can follow this weekend's games through Gametracker, provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications office. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on LibertyFlames.com.
Quick Hits - The Lady Flames fell twice in a doubleheader to ACC opponent Virginia, Wednesday. - Bridgett Woods and Kelly Strickland both homered for the fifth time this year, Wednesday. Strickland's blast tied her for second all-time at Liberty with 44 career homers. - Sammi Shivock has reached base safely during each of the last 18 games (.421 OBP). - Chandler Ball is the first Liberty freshman pitcher since 2004 with 100 or more strikeouts. - Friday's first game will be the 1,400th in program history, and 1,100th in Division I history. - Campbell leads the all-time series, 6-1, over Liberty. - The Lady Flames close out the conference slate this weekend. - Liberty is the defending Big South Champion, posting a 30-30 record in 2011.
Liberty vs. Campbell All-Time Series: Campbell leads, 6-1 Current Streak: Campbell W2 Last Meeting: Campbell 10, Liberty 4 (3/13/10 in Knoxville, Tenn.) Last Liberty Win: Liberty 8, Campbell 7 (4/13/00 in Lynchburg) Series in Lynchburg: Tied, 1-1
Campbell (25-25, 8-7 Big South) has won four out of its last five games, including a 2-1 series victory over Coastal Carolina this past weekend. Ericka Nesbitt ranks fourth in the Big south with a .368 average and 30 runs scored, while Stephanie Jones (.340) is third with 51 hits. Olivia Scarborough ranks second in the conference with a 1.81 ERA. The Lady Flames and Camels have met just seven times, with Campbell winning six of those contests. These two teams faced each other for the first time on April 3, 1995, with Campbell sweeping a doubleheader at Buies Creek. Liberty has only hosted the Camels once, splitting a twin bill on April 13, 2000.
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Paul Wetmore Record at Liberty (Seasons): 525-573-1 (19) Record vs. Campbell: 1-6
Campbell Head Coach: Drew Peterson Record at Campbell (Seasons): 348-350-2 (12) Record vs. Liberty: 2-0
Last Meeting Campbell earned a 10-4 victory over Liberty on March 13, 2010 at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn. The Camels built a 6-0 lead before the Lady Flames made it 6-4 with a four-run fourth inning. Campbell put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning. Kelly Strickland and J'nae Jefferson hit back-to-back homers for the Lady Flames, with Strickland's last of the three-run variety.
Conference Closer Since joining the Big South in 1994, the Lady Flames are 10-8 in regular-season conference finales. The team has won its last four conference season finales in a row. Liberty is 9-5-4 all-time in its last regular-season Big South series. Since the league went to three-game conference series in 2007, the Lady Flames are 5-0 in their final Big South series of the season.
Tournament Positioning The Lady Flames close out their 2012 regular-season conference schedule this weekend. With six teams still playing Big South games next weekend, seeding for the 2012 Big South Softball Championship will be announced on Sunday, May 6. Liberty can finish with anywhere from the third through the seventh seed for the conference tournament.
Week to Date The Lady Flames traveled to Charlottesville on Wednesday to face Virginia of the ACC. During game one, Liberty took a 4-3 lead by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning on a Kelly Strickland homer and a two-RBI single by Kelby Allen. The Cavaliers responded with a three-run fourth of their own to regain the lead on the way to a 6-5 win. Liberty trimmed an early deficit to three, 4-1, on a sacrifice fly by Kaylee West in the fifth inning in game two. Virginia went on to win, 7-1, behind the strong pitching of ace Melanie Mitchell. Jill Stephens went 2-for-2 for the Lady Flames in the nightcap.
Going Yard Kelly Strickland and Bridgett Woods both hit home runs at Virginia on Wednesday. Both players have hit five home runs this season, tying Sammi Shivock for second on the team behind Meredith Crisante's eight homers. Strickland connected for the 44th home run of her career on Wednesday, tying her for second all-time at Liberty with Ashley Williams (2005-08). With 145 RBIs, she is now four shy of second place, held by Shannon Tanski (1995-97)
For Starters Meredith Crisante, Jenny Law and Kaylee West have all started every game this year. Law has made 170 consecutive starts, dating to May 7, 2009. Kelly Strickland started 170 games in a row before missing the USC Upstate Tournament. West has drawn starting assignments for each of the last 163 games, beginning with the 2010 season opener. Ashley Williams is the last Liberty player to make 175 starts in a row, doing so from the 2005 through 2008 seasons.
Weekend Wrapup The Lady Flames downed Presbyterian College twice on April 20, 3-1 and 4-1, and won the series, two games to one. In game one, Chandler Ball yielded just three hits. Liberty scored three runs in the second inning, on an RBI single from Hanna Nichols and a homer by Kelly Strickland. Game two saw Alyssa DiMartino scatter seven hits, striking out four. Sammi Shivock doubled and hit a two-run homer, while Meredith Crisante hit a two-run blast of her own. On April 21, Shivock slugged a three-run homer to give the Lady Flames a 3-2 lead after three innings, but the Blue Hose rallied for the 4-3 victory.
1,100/1,400 and Counting Head Coach Paul Wetmore will coach his 1,100th career game on Friday. Friday's contest will also be the 1,400th game in program history. Coach Wetmore has led the Lady Flames ever since 1994, when the program restarted after a seven-year absence. He has coached all but 300 Liberty softball contests all-time. The winningest head coach in Liberty history, Wetmore became the third Big South softball coach all-time to win 500 games, April 20, 2011 against Norfolk State. Moving on Up Meredith Crisante hit her 22nd career home run on April 20 at Presbyterian College, and is tied with Dawn Jeffs (2006-07) for eighth place in program history. She stole her 39th career base, April 21, tying her for fourth all-time at Liberty. Kaylee West, the program's career leader in sacrifice flies, registered the eighth sac fly of her career on Wednesday at Virginia. She is also ranked seventh on the career list with 36 doubles, and is in eighth place with 94 career RBIs.
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