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    Defending ASUN champion Liberty (40-16, 23-1 ASUN) enters the 2022 ASUN Softball Championship as the No. 1 overall seed. The Lady Flames will open play in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. No. 8 seed Lipscomb faces No. 5 seed Jacksonville State in an elimination game on Tuesday. The winner of that game takes on No. 4 seed North Alabama on Wednesday, with Liberty facing the winner of Wednesday’s game.

    2022 ASUN Softball Championship
    May 10-14
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Tuesday, May 10
    UNF Softball Complex
    Play-in Game 1: No. 6 seed Kennesaw State vs. No. 7 seed Stetson (loser eliminated) – 3 p.m.

    Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex – Jacksonville University
    Play-in Game 2: No. 5 seed Jacksonville State vs. No. 8 seed Lipscomb (loser eliminated) – 3 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 11
    UNF Softball Complex
    Game 1: Winner of Play-in Game 1 vs. No. 3 seed North Florida – 3 p.m.

    Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex – Jacksonville University
    Game 2: Winner of Play-in Game 2 vs. No. 4 seed North Alabama – 3 p.m.

    Thursday, May 12
    UNF Softball Complex
    Game 3: No. 2 seed Central Arkansas vs. Winner Game 1 – 10 a.m.
    Game 4: No. 1 seed Liberty vs. Winner Game 2 – 12:30 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
    Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 3 p.m. (loser eliminated)
    Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 5:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)

    Friday, May 13
    Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 12:30 p.m. (winner to final)
    Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – 3 p.m. (loser eliminated)
    Game 9: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 – 5:30 p.m. (winner to final, loser eliminated)

    Saturday, May 14
    Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 – 1 p.m.
    Game 11 (if necessary) – 3:30 p.m.

    All games will stream live on ESPN+
    All Liberty games will feature live audio streaming from LFSN, with Jamie Hall providing play-by-play.

    Liberty is in search of its fifth conference tournament title and is looking to become the first team since USC Upstate (2015-17) to win back-to-back ASUN Softball Championship titles.

    The Lady Flames set an ASUN record for most conference wins in a single season, breaking the previous record of 22, set in 2014 when USC Upstate went 22-2 in ASUN play. Liberty has the best conference winning percentage (.958) of any NCAA Division I softball team this season.

    Liberty won the 2021 ASUN Softball Championship, defeating the host Kennesaw State Owls 5-4 in the final. Liberty posted a 44-15 record last season. 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 Tennessee Lady Vols and falling twice to eventual WCWS team James Madison.

    The Lady Flames will serve as the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament for the sixth time (also 2000, 2007, 2017, 2018 and 2021). Liberty has won four conference tournament titles to date (2002, 2011, 2018, 2021) and finished as runner-up in 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2017.

    Ninth-year head coach Dot Richardson earned her 300th career win with an 8-0 victory over Stetson, last Thursday. She is the second head coach in program history with 300 career wins and reached it in her 507th career game (fastest in program history to 300 wins).

    Entering this week, Liberty is one of just six NCAA Division I softball teams to win 40 or more games in each of the last five full seasons (2017-19, 2021-22), joining Florida, Florida State, Louisiana, Oklahoma and UCLA.

    Liberty is a perfect 6-0 all-time at UNF Softball Complex, sweeping three-game series at UNF in both 2019 and this season.

    The Lady Flames turned on the jets once conference play started. Liberty entered the ASUN schedule with a 14-12 overall record, and has gone 26-4 since then, with three out of those four losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents.

    Liberty outscored ASUN opponents 153-41, outhitting them .320-.177. In conference play, Liberty led the ASUN in batting average (.320), on base percentage (.407), slugging percentage (.539), runs (153), doubles (34), RBI (146), ERA (1.36) and strikeouts per seven innings (6.74).

    In conference play, Kara Canetto led all batters with a .441 batting average, while Caroline Hudson led with 10 homers (tied) and 32 RBI and Rachel Roupe was second with 31 RBI. Devyn Howard led in walks (20). Emily Kirby led the ASUN with a 1.02 conference ERA, 10.12 strikeouts per seven innings and 10 conference victories. Liberty pitchers had the top three ASUN-only ERAs (Kirby – 1.02, Keeney – 1.08, Wagoner – 1.24).