LIBERTY 7, MARSHALL 0
Lynchburg, VA – For the second time in three years the Liberty Flames are headed to the Postseason NISC championship round after defeating Marshall 7-0 on a warm, sunny day in Lynchburg, Va., at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
Liberty will now travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to play in the four-team championship round at the newly-renovated TC Colorado Field on May 24-26.
Liberty recorded 10 hits an no errors in the victory and moves to 40-20 on the season. Marshall’s season ends with a 42-22 record.
A sac bunt by senior Sarah Robertson would score Autumn Bishop and give the Flames an early 1-0 lead after the first inning.
Bishop would single to right scoring Madison Via and Jasmeen Click would add another run on a throwing error to increase the Liberty lead to 3-0 in the fourth.
The Flames would score four runs in the fifth to give Liberty a 7-0 lead over The Herd. Beginning with a sac fly from Kaitlin McFarland knocking in Robertson and an RBI single from Denay Griffin scoring Emily Kirby. A pop-up blooper would drop for Via scoring Griffin and Autumn Bishop would drill a line drive off the top of the glove of the Marshall first baseman as Via crossed home.
It was a terrific outing for Liberty senior pitcher Chase Cassady who threw seven innings recording four strikeouts, three hits and no runs.
The Liberty Flames are looking to be the first two-time champion since the Postseason NISC was revived by Triple Crown Sports in 2017.