Season Opens with #22 Liberty Defeating BYU; FGCU & Lipscomb Pitching Dominates

Season Opens with #22 Liberty Defeating BYU; FGCU & Lipscomb Pitching Dominates

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ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Softball opened up with Lipscomb and FGCU picking up two victories. Liberty and Kennesaw State split two games while North Alabama picked up their second win on the season.

The Bisons won their first two games at the Cowgirl Classic in dominant fashion. Pitching set the tone for Lipscomb as Mandy Jordan struck out 10 of 12 batters she faced and had a no-hitter going through five innings before she was relieved.  Megan Gray struck out an additional 4 batters as the duo combined for a 1-hit shutout. Jordan Fortel added two doubles on three at-bats as the Bisons cruised to an 8-0 victory over Campbell.  Katie Turner collected 4 RBI's on three at-bats while striking out 9 batters en route to a 7-0 shutout against Samford. 

Liberty opened the season in Mexico in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge and split two games against Brigham Young and Notre Dame. The Flames capitalized on early errors from BYU to jump out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Liberty would go on to score seven unanswered before cruising to a 13-3 win over a Brigham Young team that advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2018. ASUN Preseason All-Conference team selection, Amber Bishop, homered in the 4th inning versus BYU and in the 6th against Notre Dame to give her the most home runs, 28, in Liberty program history. The Flames fell to the Fighting Irish 4-1.

North Alabama score early and often as the Lions collect all 6 of their runs in the first three innings to defeat Alcorn State 6-4. Sophomore Meleah Hargett began the game with a leadoff triple before being driven home by Lexie Harper. Harper later reached home on a sacrificed fly by Florence, Alabama native Hannah Shollenberger. Junior Veronica Westfall went 4-4 from the plate which included a triple and RBI. 

Riley Randolph tossed a complete game against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The ASUN All-Conference pitcher allowed only four hits and struck out seven batters. Brooke Clemens went 2-3 and scored off of a single by Mikenzie Vaughn in the 2nd inning. Morgan Greco scored in the 5th inning to give the Eagles the 2-0 victory. Marcella Parrado scored twice for FGCU on a bunt and sacrifice fly by Farley Callaghan versus Penn State. Marisa Mesiemore pitched a complete game holding Penn State to one run while striking out 5 batters to get the 2-1 victory.

Kennesaw State gutted out their first victory of the season in a back and forth match against Morehead State. The defending ASUN Tournament champion Owls went ahead for good in the 6th inning off of a single by Freshman Katie Greep that brought in fellow Freshman Taylor Cates. Maddie Roth went 3-4 and Kira Czyrklis went 2-3 collectively.

ASUN Softball Results – Friday, Feb. 8
#22 Liberty 13, Brigham Young 3
Lipscomb 8, Campbell 0
Lipscomb 7, Samford 0
Notre Dame 4, #22 Liberty 1
North Alabama 6, Alcorn State 4
FGCU 2, Kent State 0
Eastern Illinois 11, Kennesaw State 5
#18 Minnesota 13, North Florida 0
FGCU 2, Penn State 1
UMass Lowell 6, Jacksonville 1
Kennesaw State 6, Morehead State 5