Stetson Rallies for 7-6 Win at Liberty in Regular-Season Finale
Stetson’s Lizzie Shubert hit a seventh-inning grand slam, sparking a 7-6, come-from-behind win for Stetson over Liberty on Friday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
With the win, Stetson (21-34, 10-14 ASUN) stays alive in hopes of securing a berth into next week’s ASUN Softball Championship, pending other game results in the conference. The Lady Flames (40-16) finished the regular season with a 23-1 record in ASUN play and will serve as the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Softball Championship.
Stetson – 1st INNING – Shubert homers to center, Shubert and Clary score, 2-0
Liberty – 3rd INNING – Hudson homers to left, Hudson, Howard and Plummer score, 3-2
Liberty – 5th INNING – Roupe homers to left center, Roupe, Wilson and Allan score, 6-2
Stetson – 6th INNING – Baxter reaches on error, Schumacher advances, Shubert scores, 6-3
Stetson – 7th INNING – Shubert hits grand slam to left center, Shubert, Diaz, Clary and Gilman score, 7-6
– Liberty erased an early 2-0 deficit with a three-run blast from Hudson in the third, and Roupe’s fifth-inning three-run homer made it 6-2, Lady Flames.
– Stetson scored on an error in the sixth, but Liberty maintained a 6-3 lead heading into the seventh. Jordyn Stanfill hit a leadoff single. After one out, Emily Kirby replaced Megan Johnson in the circle and walked two batters. Karlie Keeney pitched in relief of Kirby, but Shubert hit a go-ahead grand slam to make it 7-6.
– It appeared that Liberty would go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, but pinch hitter Alexis Soto reached on an error with two outs. Paige Bachman then flied out to right for the final out.
– Both teams recorded eight hits and two home runs, while Liberty committed two errors and Stetson registered one error. Liberty left nine runners on base, leaving the bases loaded to end the third. The Hatters stranded four.
– Stetson reliever Lauren Klein (9-9) earned the win, pitching two innings of two-hit relief, walking one and striking out one. Starter Lauren Hobbs pitched 3 2/3 total innings, yielding three runs on three hits, walking four and striking out three. Hobbs reentered the game with one out in the seventh to get the save.
– Karlie Keeney (17-7) drew the loss, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one in 2/3 of an inning pitched. Coming into today’s game, she had only allowed two out of 22 inherited runners to score this season. Liberty starter Megan Johnson yielded four runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out five in 6 1/3 innings.
– Caroline Hudson batted 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI, while Rachel Roupe went 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored. Lou Allan batted 2-for-3 with a double.
– Shubert was Stetson’s hitting star, going 2-for-4 with two homers and a Liberty Softball Stadium record-tying six RBI.
Beyond the Box Score
– Liberty has posted its seventh 40-win season in program history and fifth in the last five full seasons. As of today, Liberty, Oklahoma and Florida State are the only three NCAA Division I softball teams to win 40 or more games in each full season since 2017.
– Liberty is 9-8 all-time against Stetson in softball, with the Lady Flames winning each of the last five meetings. The Lady Flames are 5-1 versus Stetson as fellow ASUN opponents.
– Liberty has broken the ASUN record for conference victories, as USC Upstate went 22-2 in ASUN play in 2014.
– Liberty saw its 36-game ASUN regular-season winning streak snapped, falling in ASUN play for the first time since April 2, 2021 against Kennesaw State.
– This was the fourth time this season that the Lady Flames pitched two shutouts in the same day.
– Roupe has reached base safely in 15 straight games, the longest active consecutive games reaching base streak on the team. Roupe registered eight homers and 31 RBI in ASUN play this season, while Hudson hit 10 homers and drove in 32 runs in ASUN games.
– Roupe is the first Lady Flame since Sarah Swor against Charleston Southern, April 13-14, 2007, to homer in all three games of a conference series. Roupe’s four homers against Stetson are the most by a Lady Flame in a conference series since Kelly Strickland hit four home runs at Coastal Carolina, May 1-2, 2009.
– Hudson’s three-run homer gave the catcher 50 RBI on the season, and Devyn Howard scored her 50th run on the Hudson’s homer. Hudson is the seventh Lady Flame all-time to record a 50-RBI season, while Howard is the seventh Liberty player to post a 50-run season all-time.
– Hudson’s 16 homers this season are tied for the sixth most in a single season in program history with Kelly Strickland (2011).
The Lady Flames are the No. 1 seed for the 2022 ASUN Softball Championship, and will open play in the quarterfinal round, next Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at UNF Softball Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.