FORT MYERS, Fla. - Top-seeded Lipscomb advanced to the championship title game with a 3-0 shutout victory over No. 2 Liberty Friday afternoon in the ASUN Conference Softball Championship at the FGCU Softball Complex.
Lipscomb starter Megan Gray opened the game with a pair of quick outs before Liberty recorded two singles and a walk to load the bases. Gray was able to force Denay Griffin to pop up and get out of the jam in the first inning.
In the third inning, the Bisons' Amy Vetula opened the frame with a walk before coming all the way around to score the game's first run on a sacrifice bunt by Destinee Brewer and a throwing error. Graysen Gladden the next batter laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Vetula from third as Lipscomb went ahead 2-0.
Lipscomb added its third run of the game in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly caught in foul territory by Gladden, her second sacrifice of the game, to score Vetula, who started the inning with a single.
Everything seemed to be going the Bisons way as Vetula robbed Liberty's Jaclyn Amader of a home run in the top of the sixth inning with a leaping grab above the left field wall.
Gray (8-2) shut the door with a 1-2-3 seventh inning to secure the win over the Bisons. Liberty's Chase Cassady (13-3) suffered the loss for the Flames in the circle.
The Bisons advance to the title game tentatively scheduled for 1 PM ET Saturday, while Liberty will face the loser of today's final game between No. 3 FGCU and No. 6 North Florida Saturday at a time to be determined.
No. 1 Lipscomb vs. No. 2 Liberty Game Notes
- Liberty falls to 1-1 in ASUN Championship play during its first year in the league.
- For the first time since 2013, Lipscomb has won its first two games in the ASUN Conference Softball Championship.
- The No. 1 seed improves to a perfect 8-0 in its last eight games in tournament play.
- Lipscomb, playing in its 13th consecutive championship, moves on to the championship game for the first time since 2015.
- A total of five combined hits were recorded in the game -- two by Lipscomb and three by Liberty.
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