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    May 3, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    The Liberty softball team will conclude its regular-season schedule with a three-game series against Stetson, Thursday and Friday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

    Due to inclement weather in the forecast for this weekend in Lynchburg, the series will begin with a doubleheader on Thursday at 2 p.m. The two teams will play a single game on Friday at 9 a.m. to wrap up the series.

    Updated Schedule
    Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium
    Thursday, May 5 – Liberty vs. Stetson 2 p.m. DH
    Friday, May 6 – Liberty vs. Stetson 9 a.m.

    Liberty (38-15, 21-0 ASUN) has wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the 2022 ASUN Softball Championship and will open conference tournament play next Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at UNF Softball Complex. Stetson (20-32, 9-12) is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the ASUN East Division and is battling Kennesaw State and Jacksonville, along with ASUN West Division teams Eastern Kentucky and Lipscomb, for spots in the eight-team tournament.

    Lady Flames News and Notes
    • Liberty scored nine runs against No. 2 Virginia Tech on Tuesday, falling 13-9. Mary Claire Wilson hit a career-high two homers, including a grand slam off of defending ASUN Pitcher of the Year Keely Rochard, and tied a program single-game record with seven RBI. Caroline Hudson hit her team-leading 15th homer of the season to give Liberty a 2-0 lead in the game. The game was called due to weather in the bottom of the sixth.

    • With two more wins, Liberty’s ninth-year head coach Dot Richardson will become the second head coach in program history to earn 300 career coaching victories. Paul Wetmore, the all-time winningest coach in Liberty Athletics history, was announced as a member of the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Tuesday.

    • Liberty is one out of just two NCAA Division I teams to enter this week undefeated in conference play, joining Boston University (15-0 in Patriot League).

    • With one win against Stetson, Liberty would tie USC Upstate (22-2 2014) for the most ASUN wins in a single season in conference history. No ASUN team has ever gone unbeaten in a full conference schedule.

    • Through 21 conference games, Liberty leads the ASUN in on base percentage (.402), runs (135) and RBI (128). Liberty also leads in the ASUN in conference-only ERA (1.24) and strikeouts per seven innings (6.85).

    • In conference play, Kara Canetto holds the ASUN lead with a .458 batting average (27-for-59), while Caroline Hudson leads with nine homers (tied) and 27 RBI. Devyn Howard leads in walks (18). Emily Kirby leads the ASUN with a 0.85 conference ERA, 10.29 strikeouts per seven innings and nine conference victories. Liberty pitchers have the top three ASUN-only ERA’s (Kirby – 0.85, Keeney – 1.11, Wagoner – 1.24).

    • The Lady Flames have won 34 straight ASUN regular-season games, a streak that started on April 3, 2021. Liberty is 53-7 all-time in ASUN regular-season games, posting 16 ASUN series sweeps and 11 series sweeps in a row.

    • Liberty has gone 19-5 at home this season, including 2-3 versus Top 25 teams and 9-0 in ASUN home games. Since the start of the 2018 season, Liberty is 91-14 (.867) at Liberty Softball Stadium, including 36-3 (.923) in home conference games during that span.

    • The Lady Flames need two more wins to earn 40 wins for the fifth straight full season (2017-19, 2021-22) and seventh 40-win season in program history. Entering Thursday, only Oklahoma (45-1) and Florida State (45-5) can say that they have won 40 or more games each of the last five full seasons or more. Liberty (38-15), UCLA (39-6), Florida (38-13), Louisiana (38-11) and Tennessee (35-14) are nearing that distinction.

    Matchup Notes
    • Stetson (April 9-10) and Liberty (April 15-16) swept FGCU in back-to-back weeks. Stetson held an 8-4 record halfway through ASUN play, but the Hatters have gone 1-8 in their last nine conference games.

    • Liberty is 7-7 all-time against Stetson in softball, with the Lady Flames winning each of the last five meetings. The Lady Flames are 3-0 versus Stetson as fellow ASUN opponents, sweeping the Hatters April 6-7, 2019 in Lynchburg.

    • Liberty’s Julia DiMartino tossed her first career no-hitter in an 8-0, five-inning victory over Stetson in Clermont, Fla., Feb. 13, 2016. DiMartino (2016-19) holds a majority of Liberty’s single-season and career pitching records.

    • Liberty is 9-0 at home all-time against teams from Florida, including 3-0 against Stetson and 6-0 versus Jacksonville. The Lady Flames have not hosted ASUN opponents FGCU or North Florida.

    Up Next
    Liberty will serve as the No. 1 seed for the 2022 ASUN Softball Championship, held at UNF Softball Complex. The Lady Flames will compete in a quarterfinal game on May 12 at 12:30 p.m.