LU Softball wins NISC Regional, will host 6-team national championship
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - LU edged Ohio 4-3 in the second and deciding championship game to win the National Invitational Softball Championship Region 6 title and advance to the NISC National Championship beginning this Sunday.
And Liberty has been chosen to host the inaugural national championship Sunday through Wednesday at Liberty Softball Stadium.
The Flames' Region 6 title is their first regional title in program history.
With the win, Liberty (41-23) ties a program record with 41 victories. Ohio ends its season at 42-18 after forcing a second-and-deciding championship game by defeating LU 1-0 in 12 innings earlier in the day. Ohio had earlier Thursday won an elimination game so the Bobcats played three games in one day, including the 12-inning marathon.
The Flames advance to the six-team NISC Championship Round, which will be held Sunday through Wednesday. The final six teams will be Liberty, Cal Poly, Weber State, Illinois State, Lamar and Kennesaw State.
Liberty has also set a new program record with 17 home wins on the season, holding a 17-7 record at Liberty Softball Stadium this year.
Kenzie Friesen (13-3) earned the win in the second title game, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, walking one in five innings. Chase Cassady tossed two hitless innings, striking out one to earn her first save.
LU's Amber Bishop and Tori Zavodny both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored. Zavodny stole two bases as the Lady Flames have tied the program single-season record with 93 stolen bases.