Lady Flames Blank Hatters 4-0
Liberty’s Karlie Keeney pitched a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory over Stetson in game one of a doubleheader, Thursday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
The Lady Flames improve to 39-15 on the season, including a perfect 22-0 in ASUN play. Meanwhile, Stetson falls to 20-33, 9-13 in conference games.
Liberty – 3rd INNING – Hudson doubles to right center, Howard and Heidorn score, 2-0
Liberty – 4th INNING – Roupe homers to left center, 3-0
Liberty – 4th INNING – Bachman homers to left center, 4-0
– Liberty outhit Stetson 6-2 for the game, with the Lady Flames committing the game’s only three errors. The Lady Flames left five runners on base compared to three stranded for the Hatters.
– Keeney (17-6) pitched her team-leading sixth shutout of the season and fourth in ASUN play, allowing two hits while striking out four and walking one.
– Jamie Tino (3-9) drew the loss, allowing two runs on two hits, walking three in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Lauren Klein yielded two runs on four hits, striking out one in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
– Paige Bachman batted 2-for-3 with her first career homer, one RBI and one run scored. Caroline Hudson went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, while Rachel Roupe batted 1-for-3 with a homer, on RBI and one run scored.
– Liberty jumped ahead in the bottom of the third. Bachman led off with a single before Devyn Howard walked. Hudson then got Liberty on the board with a two-run double to make it 2-0.
– The Lady Flames doubled their lead with solo homers from Roupe and Bachman in the fourth, and Keeney later pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to seal the shutout.
Beyond the Box Score
– Liberty is 8-7 all-time against Stetson in softball, with the Lady Flames winning each of the last five meetings. The Lady Flames are 4-0 versus Stetson as fellow ASUN opponents.
– Liberty has tied the ASUN record for conference victories, as USC Upstate went 22-2 in ASUN play in 2014.
– Liberty is 34-1 this season when scoring first.
– Keeney is now tied with Chase Cassady (2016-19) for ninth in program history with 39 career wins. She has matched her win total from last season, when she went 17-5.
– Keeney set a new personal best with six shutouts this season. She is now tied with Amy Csider (1998-01) for ninth in program history with 11 career shutouts.
– Rachel Roupe has reached base safely in 13 straight games, the longest active consecutive games reaching base streak on the team.
– Bachman is the 12th player this season to hit at least one homer, tying last year’s team for the most different home run hitters in a single season in program history.
– Howard’s 49 runs scored this season are tied with Libi Cook (1999) for the ninth most runs scored in a single season in program history.