LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University softball beat Note Dame for the first time in school history in the first game of its home opener when Amber Bishop-Riley hit a walk off double in bottom of seventh inning, to score Autumn Bishop with the winning run.
Bishop-Riley led the Liberty attack with three hits, two RBIs and a solo home run. Karlie Keeney (4-2) picked up the win for Liberty with a complete game effort, allowing six hits and two runs.
Katie Marino went 2-3, with a double and a two-un homer for Notre Dame.
Game 2: Liberty 4, Villanova 3 (8 innings)
Kara Canetto's ground ball to shortstop drove in Autumn Bishop with the winning run in bottom of 8th inning as Liberty edged Villanova 4-3 Friday night. With Villanova leading 3-2, Madison Via walked and scored on Autumn Bishop's RBI double.
After Amber Bishop-Riley was intentionally walked, Canetto grounded to shortstop, Bishop beat the throw home with a beautiful slide around the tag, for the game winner.
Three Liberty pitchers held Villanova to four hits. Megan Johnson started and went five innings, allowing two hits and two runs. Naomi Jones went 2 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and one run, with three strikeouts. Karlie Keeney (5-2) pitched 1/3 of an inning to pick up the win.
Autumn Bishop had a home run and 3 RBI for Liberty. Ryan Henry had a two-run homer for Villanova.
Game 3: Liberty 18, Villanova 13
Liberty pounded out 19 hits to edge Villanova 18-13 Saturday afternoon. Liberty was leading 15-2 going into the fifth inning, before Villanova mounted a comeback, scoring 11 runs in the fifth, aided by two grand slam home runs from Ryan Henry and Julia DaCosta.
Emily Sweat, Blake Gibson and Devyn Howard had home runs for Liberty. Sweat had six RBIs on the day, while Gibson went 3-4 with 4 RBI. Amber Biship-Riley had four hits and four RBIs.
Emily Kirby (2-1) was winning pitcher going 4 1/3 innings allowing four earned runs.
Game 4: Notre Dame 3, Liberty 1
In final game of the weekend, Notre Dame's Alexis Holloway held Liberty to two hits, and hit a home run to lead the Irish to the win. Amber Bishop-Riley's home run in the fourth inning was the only offense Liberty could put on the board. Emma Clark had two hits and one RBI for Notre Dame.
Liberty will take a 9-5 record into this week's action at the Liberty Softball Stadium. The Flames play host to Radford Wednesday, and welcome East Carolina, JMU and Longwood this weekend.