Liberty, Radford win in Big South Softball Tournament

Liberty, Radford win in Big South Softball Tournament (Logo: Big South)

RADFORD, Va. (WSET) - The top-seeded Liberty Lady Flames won their Big South Softball Tournament opener Thursday over 5 seed Gardner-Webb 8-2 at Radford University.

The Flames receiving their regular season championship trophy before first pitch. Early wind gusts helping to send some balls soaring.

Down 1-0 in the first, Liberty's Autumn Bishop drills a shot to dead center field, and it's gone!

The solo homer ties the game at 1. Gardner-Webb retakes the lead in the 4th on Katie Pribble's solo home run that stays fair just inside the foul pole in left. But the Flames bats came alive in the fourth. Bases loaded for Amber Bishop, who drills a double down the left field line, two runs score, part of a 7-run inning that blows the game open.

Liberty wins its 15th straight 8-2 and moves into Friday's semifinals.

Dot Richardson, LIBERTY FLAMES HEAD COACH, said "But I just knew it was a matter of time as well. When you have good hitters who hit the ball, I think we only had one at-bat, one bad at-bat I think when you look at it heading into the bottom of the fourth there. So I'm pretty pleased with the team."

The Flames face Radford in Friday's first semifinal at 2:30.

Radford up 1-0 in the 3rd, Longwood's Karleigh Donovan goes opposite field for a double. Kaylynn Batten slides home safely to tie it at 1, just before the rain moves in! Action was halted nearly an hour.

When they resumed, Radford catcher Maggie Rowe guns down the runner to end a Longwood threat.

The Highlanders get three runs in the 6th, two on Hannah Medlam's single.

Radford beats Longwood 4-1, the Highlanders get their second win of the tournament.

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