FORT MYERS, Fla. - No. 6 North Florida pulled off yet another upset in the ASUN Conference Softball Championship with a 3-1 win over No. 2 Liberty to advance to the title game. The Ospreys improve to 4-1 in the championship.
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the fifth inning, North Florida's offense collected four consecutive singles with two outs and a runner on base to take a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish. With two outs and Woodson on first after being hit by a pitch, Dominica Cocuzza, Tiffany Lower and Rindy Bryant reeled-off three straight singles for the trio of Ospreys runs.
Liberty threatened to get on the scoreboard first in the third inning as Madison Via led off the frame with a double but was left stranded at third base. The next inning the Flames would not waste Jaclyn Amader's lead-off double as Amader scored on Alexis Erich's squeeze bunt after advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Robertson to go up 1-0.
Penrod led North Florida going 4-for-4 at the plate in the game and a perfect 7-for-7 against Liberty in the Championship. Four different players registered a hit for the Flames. In the circle, Morgan Clausen (5-6) earned the win for the Ospreys with Julia DiMartino (18-10) recording the loss for the Flames.
The Ospreys (31-23) advance to face top-seeded Lipscomb in the ASUN Softball Championship title game at 12:10 PM ET. The Flames (37-21) await the bracket for the NISC Postseason Tournament which will be announced Sunday night after the release of the NCAA Tournament.
No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 6 North Florida Game Notes
- North Florida avenged its loss to Liberty earlier in championship tournament action with the win and its first over the Flames this season (4-1).
- UNF's Navia Penrod now has 285 career hits which is tied for first all-time in ASUN Conference history.
- The Ospreys become the first No. 6 seed to advance to the Championship title game since 2001 (Troy).
- Liberty falls to 1-2 all-time in ASUN Softball Championship history.
- Penrod enters the championship title game(s) going 13-for-18 (.722) at the plate in the tournament.
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