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									           LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                                                  2007 SOFTBALL
                 In centuries gone by, "liberty" was just a     while a population of 203,000 indwell the            Pastor's Office to the students … the purpose
           concept - an idea feared by tyrants and              greater outlining countries around the "Hill City"   is to reach out to students and encourage
           dreamed of by the opposed. In more recent            … founded in 1786, Lynchburg is one of the           those who are experiencing hardship in their
           history, "liberty" - became a cause. A deeply        oldest cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.       lives, whether it be from suffering the loss of a
           held belief worth fighting and dying for. Today,                                                          loved one, or walking through their own per-
           Liberty University has become a place where          Students                                             sonal illness or injury … contacts are made
           students call home … where people dare to                  Liberty's 2004-05 on-campus enrollment         through phone calls and personal letters to stu-
           dream big dreams and then work to see those          was 7,728, including students from all 50 states     dents in an attempt to the let them know they
           dreams come to pass … where old-fashioned            and 72 different countries … taking into             are not alone as they journey down the road of
           values and morality still survive and thrive in a    account the University's distance program,           adversity … Light Ministries is the facilitator of
           world that appears to have forgotten the mean-       Liberty's enrollment at the end of the 2004-05       the student missions outreach at Liberty …
           ing of the words …where the undeniable Truth         academic year was 17,822.                            Light Ministries have traveled all over the world
           of the Ages still reigns supreme … where the                                                              … In the past 19 years, Light has conducted
           whole person is educated - body, mind and            Spiritual Life                                       more than 100 international evangelistic cam-
           soul … a place where you can learn, grow and                Liberty University remains unwavering in      paignsinvolving more than 3000 students min-
           achieve wholeness as you become all God cre-         its commitment to support the spiritual develop-     istering to over 2 million people all over the
           ated you to be.                                      ment of its students … the Spiritual Life            world … small group Bible studies and prayer
                                                                Department is comprised of the Campus                groups provide accountability and opportunities
           The Mission                                          Pastor's Office, Campus Outreach Ministries          for personal spiritual growth and are led by
                 To produce Christ-centered men and             Service and Light Ministries … the Campus            Prayer Leaders as each floor of a dormitory
           women with the values, knowledge and skills          Pastor's Office oversees the spiritual programs      has several Prayer Leaders that influence
           required to impact tomorrow's world … the mis-       on campus such as campus church, disciple-           small groups of students through the ministry of
           sion is carried out for resident students,           ship, three weekly convocations and numerous         prayer … Spiritual Life Directors (SLDs) are an
           through both undergraduate and graduate pro-         other events that promote a more intimate walk       extension of the ministry of the Campus
           grams, through a rigorous academic program           with Jesus Christ … COMS Ministry is a min-          Pastor's Office … SLDs help administrate the
           and structured social environment … also, it is      istry designed to be an outreach of the Campus       spiritual programs that will lead to the spiritual
           carried out externally for students that can't
           make the trek to the campus in a comparable                                                 Degree Programs
           academic program but without the structure of          In higher education, the principal means of ensuring quality is accreditation by a recog-
           the resident community through the distance
                                                                  nized accrediting body or agency. Liberty University is regionally accredited by the
           learning program.
                                                                  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and nationally accredited by the
           A Brief History                                        Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Additionally, a
                 Behind the dreams of co-founders,                number of specific programs are approved by accrediting and licensing bodies for specific
           Liberty Chancellor, Dr. Jerry Falwell and Dr.          disciplines (i.e. our Nursing, Sport Management, and Education programs). SACS and
           Elmer Towns, and President Emeritus, Dr. A.            TRACS, in turn, are both recognized accrediting bodies by the United States Department
           Pierre Guillermin, Lynchburg Baptist College           of Education.
           opened its doors to 154 students in the fall of
                                                                  Undergraduate (Residential)                        Undergraduate (Distance Learning)
           1971 … by 1975, the enrollment reached 1,569
           students and 80 faculty members were on staff           Accounting, B.S.                                   Business, B.S.
           … the school's name changed to Liberty                  Athletic Training, B.S.                            Multidisciplinary Studies, B.S.
           Baptist College … in 1980, Liberty received             Aviation, B.S.                                     Psychology, B.S.
           regional accreditation by the Southern                  Biology, B.S.                                      Religion, A.A, B.S.
           Association of College and Schools … gradu-             Business, B.S.                                     Nursing, B.S. (R.N. to B.S.N.)
           ate programs in education and religion were             Communication Studies, B.S.
           accredited in 1984 … on May 6, 1985, the                Computer Science, B.S.                            Graduate (Residential)
           Board of Trustees agreed to rename Liberty              English, B.A.                                      Doctor of Education, Ed.D.
           Baptist College and the name Liberty                    Exercise Science/Fitness Programming,              Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.
           University was established … the student                B.S.                                               Education Specialist, Ed.S.
           enrollment reached over 6,000 … in 1989, the            Family and Child Development, B.S.                 Master of Arts in Communication
           Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch newspaper                 Family and Consumer Sciences, B.S.                 Studies, M.A.
           labeled Liberty as "the fastest growing college         General Studies, B.S.                              Master of Arts in Human Relations, M.A.
           in the state of Virginia" … in the spring of 1997,                                                         Master of Arts in Marriage and Family
                                                                   Government, B.S.
           the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. John M.
                                                                   Health Promotion, B.S.                             Therapy, M.A.
           Borek, Jr., as the University's second president
           … in the spring of 1998, the University received        History, B.S., B.A.                                Master of Arts in Professional
           its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation with         Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.                    Counseling, M.A.
           the Southern Association of College and                 Interiors and Fashion Merchandising,               Master of Arts in Religious Studies, M.A.
           Schools and the Transnational Association of            B.S.                                               Master of Education, Ed.M.
           Christian Colleges and Schools … on March               Management Information Systems, B.S.               Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.
           24, 2004, the University promoted Brig.                 Mathematics, B.S.
           General David L. Young to the position of               Music, B.M.                                       Graduate (Distance Learning)
           Executive Vice President and Chief Operating            Nursing, B.S.N.                                    Business, M.B.A.
           Officer who is currently charged with leading           Philosophy and Religion, B.A.
           the ever-growing University into the future.            Physical Education, B.S.                          School of Law
                                                                   Psychology, B.S.
           Location                                                Religion, A.A., B.S., B.A.                        Seminary

                 Liberty's campus is located in Lynchburg,         Social Science, B.S.                               Doctor of Ministry, D.Min.
           the heart of Virginia on the south banks of the         Spanish, B.A.                                      Master of Arts in Religion, M.A.R.
           historic James River with the scenic Blue Ridge                                                            Master of Arts in Theology, Th.M.
                                                                   Sport Management, B.S.
           Mountains as a back drop … the city is over
                                                                   Teaching English as a Second                       Master of Divinity, M.Div.
           200 years old and is noted for its culture, beau-
                                                                   Language, B.A.                                     Master of Religious Education, M.R.E.
           ty and educational institutions … roughly
           64,000 citizens call Lynchburg their home,              Worship and Music Ministry, B.S.

                                                                                                       LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
                                                    provide students with two unique on-campus         program have been named some of the best in
                                                    shopping opportunities … six different cafes       the nation by Campus Activities Today, a lead-
                                                    are located in various positions throughout the    ing trade publication for college activities … the
                                                    4,400 acre campus and provide a variety of         menu of events include a concert series, 15 dif-
                                                    eating experiences.                                ferent intramural sports, as well as Coffee
                                                                                                       House, the very popular monthly student talent
                                                    Culture and Entertainment                          show … the school year is kicked off with our
                                                          Liberty has an outstanding history of        annual "Block Party" … this is a great time to
                                                    bringing notable speakers to our campus …          relax and meet new friends or renew old
                                                    individuals such as Presidents Ronald Reagan       acquaintances before the pressures of the
                                                    and George Bush, George W. Bush, Senator           school year begins … this is a mini-fair type
                                                    Jesse Helms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence        event with carnival games, rock climbing, a
                                                    Thomas and Reverend Billy Graham have              Velcro wall, batting cages and even fireworks.
                                                    delivered inspiring messages to our students
                                                    … the school also brings in evangelists, pas-      Central Virginia Region
                                                    tors, businessmen and women, political lead-             The natural beauty of the Central Virginia
                                                    ers, well-known journalists and others to share    region attracts thousands of tourists each year
                                                    their dynamic messages from our podium …           and provides a stunning backdrop for a wide
                                                    Chancellor Dr. Jerry Falwell also speaks on a      variety of outdoor activities … River Ridge Mall,
                                                    regular basis … numerous concerts featuring        home to more than 85 shops, lies less than a
                                                    the best in contemporary Christian music come      mile away from Liberty's campus and Candler's
                                                    to the campus … NEWSONG, D.C. Talk,                Station, another large shopping center, is easi-
                                                    Supertones, 4-Him, Point of Grace, Newsboys,       ly within walking distance … a wide range of
                                                    Jars of Clay, Jennifer Knapp and Stephen           restaurants and coffee houses can be found in
Arthur C. DeMoss Learning Center                    Curtis Chapman as well as Michael W. Smith,        the Lynchburg area … less than an hour away
                                                    Third Day and many others have shared their        is Appomattox Court House, the historic site
development of the students on their hall … the     powerful testimonies through music at Liberty.     where our nation was reunited, ending the Civil
SLDs work hands on with Prayer Leaders to                                                              War … Monument Terrace, located in down-
mentor and equip them for ministry.                 Student Activities Program                         town Lynchburg, is a 139-step staircase which
                                                          Liberty is filled with young men and         honors veterans from Lynchburg who fought
Dorm And Campus Life                                women who know how to work hard and how to         and died for our nation in various wars … Point
       Our unique alcohol and drug-free envi-       play hard … Liberty provides its students with     of Honor is a beautiful old home built by Patrick
ronment encourages the students to enjoy col-       various opportunities for recreation including     Henry's doctor (Dr. George Cabell, Sr.) …
lege life without the pressure found on many        the East Campus Clubhouse, the LaHaye              Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's personal
campuses to lower your moral standards …            Lounge and the LaHaye Student Center … the         retreat is located in nearby, Forest, Va. …
dormitories are managed by the Residence            East Campus Clubhouse, located at the              about 30 miles from Lynchburg is the
Life Office (RLO) … the RLO provides a quali-       entrance to Liberty Campus East dormitories,       Appalachian Trail … the Blue Ridge Parkway is
ty Christ-centered living environment by offer-     is a recreational center that offers billiards,    ranked as "America's most scenic drive" …
ing adequate processes for housing assign-          Foosball, air hockey, Playstation, Xbox, satel-    Crab Tree Falls is made up of five separate
ments and room changes for our resident stu-        lite TV, a theater, computer lounge, the           cascades with hiking trails leading to each …
dents, by offering students a variety of living     Campus East Market and a pool … completed          Natural Bridge, one of the "Seven Natural
spaces, by managing the residence halls to          in the Fall of 2000, the LaHaye Lounge now         Wonders of the World" is located in the nearby
provide clean, safe, climate-controlled rooms       serves as a "hot spot" for students to enjoy 50-   Shenandoah Valley … the Peaks of Otter are
with quality furnishings and technological          inch big screen televisions (with satellite), a    two of the loftiest peaks in the state of Virginia
access and by coordinating housing for              computer room, and comfortable couches for         and are accessible from the Blue Ridge
overnight visitors who visit the residence halls    studying and relaxation … the newest addition      Parkway … Smith Mountain Lake is located
… the RLO provides a quality Christ-centered        to the Liberty University campus is the LaHaye     within an hour's driving distance and features
learning environment by selecting Resident          Student Center, an 84,000 square foot recre-       500+ miles of beautiful shoreline on the man-
Assistants and professional staff according to      ation center located in Campus North which         made lake … Wintergreen is called "the
our selection criteria, by training the Resident    includes a lounge, six basketball courts, cardio   South's single-best ski resort", located less
Assistants and professional staff to fulfill the    and weight rooms, a multi-purpose room and         than an hour from Lynchburg, featuring 17
responsibilities of our positions, by encourag-     an aerobic room … Liberty's student activities     slopes and trails.
ing the holistic development of the resident stu-
dent through our people and platforms and by
promoting Christian community among the res-
ident students through our people and plat-
forms … on-campus resident students make a
"home away from home" in one of our 52 dor-
mitories … men and women live in separate
residence halls … each room is air-conditioned
and houses 2-3 students … each dormitory
floor takes on its own personality and flavor as
the year progresses … the dormitory will not
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only become a place to live, but a place where
lasting friendships are formed through fellow-
ship and encouragement … a modern and
well-equipped cafeteria features food service
provided by Sodexho, while numerous cafes
and stores are located throughout the Liberty
campus … students may select from a large
delicatessen, salad bar, cereal bar, ice cream
bar or one of the buffet-style lines from the
Reber Thomas Dining Hall … the Keyhole
Convenience Store and the East Side Market

                                                                                                                 LIBERTY FLAMES                             57
                                                                                                                                           2007 SOFTBALL

                Dr. Jerry Falwell                Dr. Ronald M. Godwin                   Jeff Barber                   Mickey Guridy                 Meredith Hollyfield
                   Chancellor                   Executive Vice President            Director of Athletics       Associate Athletics Director -   Associate Athletics Director -
                                                                                                                    Internal Operations           Compliance Director/SWA

                  Kristie Beitz                      Bill Gribbin                       Bruce Carey                     Bob Good                         Kevin Keys
           Associate Athletics Director for       NCAA Faculty Athletic          Assistant Athletics Director      Director of Athletics         Assistant Athletics Director -
                 Academic Affairs                   Representative                  for Television Media          Development/Executive              External Operations
                                                                                                                  Director - Flames Club

                 Todd Wetmore                          Joe Pouliot                   Heather Mitchell                  Jeff Alder                       Jesse Castro
            Assistant Athletics Director      Director of Athletics Facilities        Ticket Manager               Men’s Soccer Coach                  Wrestling Coach
           for Athletic Media Relations

                Randy Dunton                       Carey Green                       Chris Johnson                     Shane Pinder                  James Price
             Men’s Basketball Coach            Women’s Basketball Coach             Men’s and Women’s                 Volleyball Coach            Women’s Soccer Coach
                                                                                      Tennis Coach

                  Danny Rocco                         Matt Royer                       Jeff Thomas                     Brant Tolsma                     Paul Wetmore
                  Football Coach                     Baseball Coach                     Golf Coach              Men’s and Women’s Track and             Softball Coach
                                                                                                                    Cross Country Coach

                                                                                                   ACADEMIC SUPPORT
      Student-Athletes continue to score         was the first honoree as she was               allows the Athletic Academic Services
high marks in the classroom, as well             selected to the second-team squad,             staff to create a database that monitors
as, on the playing field because of the          while football player Jay Cline and            the student-athletes performance and
efforts of the Liberty University Athletic       women's basketball player Kristal              identifies at-risk students.
Academic Services staff.                         Tharp were also named to the second-                 There are five main areas that
      In 2005-06, 181 student-athletes           teams for their respective sports.             Liberty's Athletic Academic Services
(44 percent) posted a 3.0 GPA or bet-                  Track and Field athlete Danielle         staff oversees in order to guarantee
ter in the classroom with 65 student-            McNaney became just one of three               that the student-athletes are aware of
athletes (16 percent) being named to             student-athletes in school history to          every phase for academic support.
the school’s Dean’s List. 65 of these            garner first-team honors as she                These five areas are time manage-
individuals produced a 3.5 GPA or bet-           capped off a stellar collegiate career by      ment, study skills, degree planning,
ter in the classroom, while eight stu-           being named to the team in the spring.         course selection and tutoring.
dent-athletes finished with a perfect            In total, Liberty has had 10 student-ath-            Each student-athlete has the
4.0 GPA.                                         letes named to a CoSIDA Academic               opportunity for priority registration
      Among all athletic programs for            All-America team which is the highest          each semester. This provides the stu-
the 2005-06 academic year, the volley-           academic honor that a NCAA student-            dent-athlete with a chance to select
ball team led all women’s teams with a           athlete can receive.                           classes that best suite their athletic
3.425 GPA, while the men’s tennis                      Also, Liberty had four different ath-    and academic schedules. It is also the
team led all the men’s teams with a              letes named Big South Scholar                  student-athletes' responsibility to
3.228 GPA.                                       Athletes of the Year for the respective        inform the professor of the fact that he
      Also accumulating a 3.00 team              sport as Kristin Colson (Volleyball),          or she is part of an athletic team and
GPA or higher were the baseball team             Jonathan Dickenson (Men's Golf),               make arrangements to complete any
(3.098), the men’s cross country team            Evan Falat (Men's Cross Country) and           missed assignments or tests in a time-
(3.034), the women’s basketball team             Danielle McNaney (Indoor Track and             ly fashion when missing a class to trav-
(3.348), the women’s soccer team                 Field and Outdoor Track and Field).            el or athletic competition.
(3.353), the women’s tennis team                       A key component of the academic                Study hall is designed for any stu-
(3.222), the women’s track team                  support system is the monitoring of the        dent-athletes that may need a speci-
(3.297), the women’s cross country               student's progress throughout the              fied time during the week for study pur-
team (3.425) and the volleyball team             semester. Each team has an academ-             poses. All student-athletes that have
(3.146). Overall, student-athletes at            ic liaison that works directly with the        under a 2.5 GPA are required to attend
Liberty University posted a 2.93 GPA.            athletic academic services staff and           study hall. Study hall is located in the
      2004-05 proved to be a banner              the student-athletes. The liaisons are         quiet rooms of the Arthur S. DeMoss
year for individual academic achieve-            responsible for helping the student-           Learning Center three times a week in
ments amongst Liberty University stu-            athletes to excel in the classroom.            a central location near the library and
dent-athletes as Liberty had four stu-                 The academic monitoring of the           the Integrated Learning Resource
dent-athletes named to various                   student-athlete is handled through the         Center (ILRC).
CoSIDA Academic All-America teams.               use of progress reports as the faculty
Kristin Colson of the volleyball team            fill out grade reports online, which

                                    Liberty's NCAA Division I CoSIDA Academic All-America
                                sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America

          Jason Benham               Holly Deem                    Jay Cline               Kristin Colson           Jarrod Everson
            Third-Team               Third-Team                   Second-Team               Second-Team                First-Team
           Baseball - 1998           Track - 1998                 Football - 2005          Volleyball - 2005         Football - 1998

                                                                                                                     Football - 1997
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         Jennifer Hodges          Danielle McNaney               Heather Sagan             Kristal Tharp             Cathy Williams
            Third-Team                First-Team                    First-Team             Second-Team                  Third-Team
          W. Soccer - 1999           Track - 2005                  Track - 2002            W. Basketball -          Cross Country - 1998
                                     Second-Team                  Second-Team
                                      Track - 2004                 Track - 2001

                                                                                                               LIBERTY FLAMES 59
                                                                                                                  2007 SOFTBALL
                  The Liberty University Athletics        (Outdoor Track and Field), garnered          • Zach Terrell became the first football
           Department is one of just two athletics        Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.          player in school history to garner Big
           departments in the history of the Big          For Falat, it was the second-straight        South Rookie of the Year and VaSID
           South Conference to have claimed the           year he was so honored.                      Rookie of the Year honors by setting a
           title of five-time Big South Sasser Cup        • Of the 45 Big South Coach of the           new freshman school record for rush-
           champions. Liberty has claimed the             Year honors awarded to Liberty coach-        ing in a season.
           title five out of the last nine years, while   es, Brant Tolsma, head cross country         • Jason Horn and Zach Terrell were
           Coastal Carolina picked up its eighth          and track and field coach, accounts for      selected to the Don Hanson’s Weekly
           Sasser Cup championship this past              28 of those honors.                          Football Gazette All-Southeast Region
           season.                                        • Josh McDougal was named last               third team, honoring the best NCAA
                  The George F. "Buddy" Sasser            year’s Big South Howard Bagwell Male         Division I-AA players in the southeast
           Cup, formerly known as the                     Student-Athlete of the Year, the confer-     part of the nation.
           Commissioner's Cup and named for               ence’s top honor, making McDougal            • On December 2, Liberty University
           the retired Coastal Carolina Director of       the school’s second-ever Howard              named former Virginia associate head
           Athletics and the former commissioner          Bagwell award winner as Keith Butler         coach Danny Rocco the new head
           of the Big South Conference, is award-         won the honor in 2000.                       football coach, making Rocco the sev-
           ed to the Big South member institution         • Liberty’s 17 different athletic teams      enth person to hold the title in school
           with the most successful athletic year         combined to post a 2.93 GPA during           history.
           based on a point system. Liberty and           the 2005-06 academic year with nine          • Kendall Nichols finished off a stellar
           Coastal Carolina have finished in the          different teams posting a 3.00 team          rookie season for the volleyball team
           top two spots in the Sasser Cup rank-          GPA or higher (baseball, men’s cross         as she was named to the Big South All-
           ings for eight out of the last nine years.     country, women’s cross country, men’s        Freshman squad.
                  During the course of the 2005-06        tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track        • The Lady Flames volleyball,
           season, the Flames claimed confer-             and field, women’s basketball,               women’s soccer and women’s cross
           ence titles in women’s basketball, their       women’s soccer, volleyball).                 country teams were recipients of the
           unprecedented 10th straight, men’s             • Last year, 181 student-athletes (44        Big South’s Team Sportsmanship
           cross country, men’s indoor track and          percent) posted a 3.0 GPA or better in       Award, an honor bestowed upon those
           field, while the women’s soccer pro-           the classroom, with 65 student-ath-          squads by their fellow conference
           gram became the first Big South                letes (16 percent) being named to the        teams.
           school to ever capture a third confer-         school’s Dean’s List with a 3.5 GPA or       • Senior men’s soccer player Daniel
           ence title with its third league champi-       higher.                                      Darnell was one of several student-
           onship in the last seven years.                • Also, eight different student-athletes     athletes honored by the Big South
                  Since becoming an NCAA Division         finished the academic year with a per-       Conference as he was given the
           I program in 1988, the Liberty                 fect 4.0 cumulative GPA.                     George A. Christenberry Award for
           University Athletics Department has            • 164 student-athletes were named to         Academic Excellence, an honor that is
           raised the bar of success, striving to         the Big South Presidential Honor Roll,       bestowed upon the single male and
           achieve a higher level of success each         honoring the conference’s top student-       female athlete in their sport to finish
           year. Each one of Liberty’s 18 sports          athletes, both in the classroom and on       their careers with the highest cumula-
           have contributed to the overall success        the athletic field.                          tive GPA.
           of the athletics department.                   • Over the last eight athletic seasons,      • Men’s soccer player Osei Telesford
                                                          the Flames have had 10 student-ath-          was named the Premier Development
           Did you know:                                  letes named to a CoSIDA Academic             League Defender of the Year, while
           • Since joining the Big South                  All-America team, the highest academ-        also garnering a spot on the 2006 PDL
           Conference in 1991, Liberty has won            ic honor that an NCAA student-athlete        All-League team.
           69 conference championships, averag-           can receive.                                 • The women’s soccer team became
           ing nearly five conference champi-             • During the 2004-05 academic year,          the first women’s soccer program in
           onships per year.                              Liberty had four student-athletes            Big South Conference history to win
           • The Flames claimed four of the               named to various CoSIDA Academic             three league championships as Liberty
           league’s 17 conference champi-                 All-America teams as Jay Cline               grabbed its third title in the last seven
           onships during the 2005-06 season,             (Football), Kristin Colson (Volleyball)      years (also in 2000 and 2001).
           claiming conference titles in women’s          and      Kristal     Tharp    (Women’s       • Rachel Bendzlowicz became the
           basketball, men’s indoor track and             Basketball) were second-team hon-            third player in school history to be
           field, men’s cross country and                 orees, while Danielle McNaney                named Big South Tournament MVP,
           women’s soccer.                                (Women’s Track and Field) was named          joining the sister tandem of Nancy and
           • Liberty leads all Big South institu-         to the first-team squad.                     Jenny Davis who led Liberty to its first
           tions with 1,166 all-time all-conference       • Danielle McNaney’s selection to the        two league titles in 2000 and 2001.
           selections, including 84 all-conference        CoSIDA Academic All-America first-           • The men’s cross country team cap-

           honorees during the 2005-06 season.            team track and field team marked             tured its first Big South title since the
           • In the classroom this past year,             Liberty’s       third-ever      first-team   1999 season and the seventh in the
           Liberty placed 17 different athletes on        Academic All-American as she joined          history of the school, making Liberty’s
           various Big South all-academic teams,          Jarrod Everson’s selection in 1999           men’s cross country team the most
           while two student-athletes, Evan Falat         (football) and Heather Sagan’s selec-        successful team in the history of the
           (Cross Country) and Arlene Zelinskas           tion in 2001 (track and field).              conference.

                                                                                     ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE
• Josh McDougal was named Big             league to claim the title since the con-    Country        Coaches       Association
South Runner of the Year for the sec-     ference recognized the sport as a con-      (USTFCCCA) Women’s All-Academic
ond-straight year, while head coach       ference sport.                              Track and Field Team.
Brant Tolsma was named Big South          • Josh McDougal was named the Most          • Josh McDougal completed the sea-
Men’s Cross Country Coach of the          Outstanding Male Track Performer at         son with his fourth All-American honor
Year for the fifth time in his career.    the    Big    South     Indoor     Track    of the year and the sixth of his career in
• Josh McDougal took fourth place at      Championships after claiming victories      the 5,000 meters at the NCAA National
the NCAA National Cross Country           in the mile and the 3,000 meters.           Outdoor Track and Field Champion-
Championship, earning the sophomore       • Arlene Zelinskas was named the            ships and was named Big South Track
his second-straight All-American cross    Most Outstanding Female Track               and Field Athlete of the Year.
country season.                           Performer at the Big South Indoor           • Sophomore Parker McKoy earned
• The women’s cross country team          Track Championship after claiming vic-      Big South all-conference honors as he
placed three runners on the Big South     toies in the 60 meters and in the pen-      was Player of the Year runner-up with a
all-conference team as Sarah Roberts,     tathlon.                                    second-place finish at the Big South
Danielle Jordan and Carol Jefferson       • Josh McDougal added two more All-         Men’s Golf Championship, marking the
were all honored by the league, tying     American honors to his storied Liberty      first Liberty player to make the all-con-
for the largest group of all-conference   career at the NCAA Indoor Track             ference team since 2004 and just the
members for Liberty since the 2000        Championships by finishing fourth in        12th in school history.
season.                                   the 5,000 meters and fifth in the 3,000     • For the second time in the history of
• Men’s basketball player Larry Blair     meters.                                     the program, the men’s golf team
was named to the Big South first-team     • Women’s tennis player Jonita              earned an at-large bid to the NCAA
all-conference squad, marking the         Randolph was named to the VaSID all-        Regionals as they also accomplished
third-straight year that Blair has been   state academic team, honoring the top       the feat in 2003.
named to the all-conference team.         student-athletes in the Commonwealth        • Jessica Moore was named VaSID
• Larry Blair became just the second      of Virginia.                                State Softball Player of the Year as the
player in school history, along with      • Liberty University named former           junior broke her own school record with
Peter Aluma, to be named to the VaSID     men’s tennis player Chris Johnson its       21 home runs, becoming the fifth play-
first-team all-state team, honoring the   new head men’s and women’s tennis           er in school history to garner the top
top five Division I players in the        coach, making Johnson the fourth            player in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia.                 head men’s coach and second head            honor.
• The women’s basketball team cap-        women’s coach in the history of the         • Softball coach Paul Wetmore was
tured its 10th-straight Big South         program.                                    named VaSID State Coach of the Year
Conference title, setting a new confer-   • Track and field sprinter Charlene         after leading the team to a school
ence record for league championships      Hibbert was one of several selected         record tying 41 victories, marking the
by a single team.                         student-athletes from around the coun-      fourth time in his career that he has
• Women’s basketball coach Carey          try to be named to the NCAA                 won the honor, which ties him atop the
Green was named the VaSID State           Leadership Conference Counsel.              all-state coaching list.
Coach of the Year, marking the second-    • Arlene Zelinskas was named to the         • The baseball program set a new
straight season that he has been          U.S. Track and Field and Cross              school record for Division I victories in
tabbed the best head coach in the                                                     a season with 39, marking the second-
Commonwealth of Virginia.                                                             straight year that the program has
• Sophomore Roli-Ann Nikagbatse                                                       eclipsed the 30-win plateau.
was named the first-ever Big South                                                    • Pitcher Michael Solbach was drafted
Conference Women’s Basketball                                                         by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the
Defensive Player of the Year, while                                                   48th round of the MLB Draft, marking
Carey Green was honored as the Big                                                    the eighth-straight year that Liberty has
South Coach of the Year for the third                                                 had a baseball player selected in the
time.                                                                                 MLB Draft.
• The women’s basketball team fin-                                                    • On January 23, former Senior
ished the year with the 14th-best team                                                Associate A.D. at South Carolina Jeff
GPA in the nation as the collective                                                   Barber was named Liberty’s new
group finished the year with a 3.338                                                  Director of Athletics, becoming the 10th
team GPA.                                                                             person in the history of the department
• Liberty University named former                                                     to garner the title.
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Flames’ wrestling standout Jesse                                                      • For just the fourth time in school his-
Castro the reinstated program’s new                                                   tory, two student-athletes were recipi-
head coach, bringing back a four-time                                                 ents of the Mac Rivera/Rock Royer
NCCAA national champion to direct the                                                 Award, which was established to honor
program after a 13-year hiatus.                                                       the top senior student-athlete at Liberty
• The men’s indoor track and field                                                    University, as women’s soccer player
team captured its ninth-straight Big                                                  Sonia Roriguez and baseball player
South Conference title, continuing its                                                Phillip Thompson were last year’s joint
string of being the only team in the                  Osei Telesford                  award winners.

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                                                                      2007 SOFTBALL

                     Al Worthington Stadium          Esbenshade-Hershey Tennis Center

               Hancock Athletic Center Weight Room    Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex

                          Vines Center                       Williams Stadium

                                                                                                           LIBERTY SOFTBALL FIELD
                                                                                                                                Liberty Softball Field Quick Facts

                                                                                                                           Name: Liberty Softball Field
                                                                                                                           Site: Adjacent to Liberty University’s Intramural Field
                                                                                                                              off of Flames Way next to Senior Dorm 32
                                                                                                                           Capacity: 500
                                                                                                                           Surface: Natural Grass
                                                                                                                              Right - 200 feet
                                                                                                                              Center - 200 feet
                                                                                                                              Left - 200 feet
                                                                                                                           Height of Fence: 6 feet
                                                                                                                           Opening Day: March 4, 1994
                                                                                                                           First Game Result: George Mason 9, Liberty 5
                                                                                                                           First Liberty Win: March 14, 1994 - Liberty 4,
                                                                                                                              UMBC 3
                                                                                                                           First Big South Game: March 14, 1994 vs. UMBC
                                                                                                                           First Big South Win: March 14, 1994 - Liberty 4,
      Construction on the Liberty Softball                  kler system was installed, enabling around-                       UMBC 3
Field began as soon as the University                       the-clock-care for the facility, while a perma-
announced during the spring of 1993 that                    nent warning track was added around the
the school was going to reinstate the softball              entire field.                                                                Games at Liberty Softball Field
                                                                                                                           Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W-L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pct.
program after a seven-year hiatus. The                            During the 1997 offseason, a new bat-
                                                                                                                           1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..231
1994 Liberty squad practiced at then Liberty                ting cage was added, located in the left field
                                                                                                                           1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..500
University’s North Campus during the fall of                foul territory. The batting cage is used for                   1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..700
1993.                                                       both daily practices and pre-game warm-up                      1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..778
      The Lady Flames moved from their                      sessions.                                                      1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..600
temporary practice location to the Liberty                        In 2001, a new scoreboard was                            1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..888
Softball Field on March 4, 1994, as they                    installed behind the right-center field fence.                 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..600
played host to George Mason in the squad’s                  The scoreboard measures 6’ x 16’ and is an                     2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..250
season opener. Fans in attendance that day                  electronically-based unit that features run-                   2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..364
saw the Lady Flames get off to an exciting                  ning score, inning totals and ball and strike                  2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..636
                                                                                                                           2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..273
start, scoring five runs in the first inning to             counts.
                                                                                                                           2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .563
take a 5-0 lead. However a more experi-                           In 2005, a new 37’ netted backstop
                                                                                                                           2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..681
enced George Mason team prevailed, even-                    was installed with the new feature measur-                     Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128-101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..559
tually defeating Liberty, 9-5.                              ing the same height as the Boston Red
      As the program continued to grow, so                  Sox’s fabled Green Monster at Fenway                                Big South Games at Liberty Softball Field
expansions to the facility continued. In 1995,              Park. A new plastic coated side line fence                     Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W-L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pct.
dugouts were constructed and permanent                      was installed down the left and right field                    1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..500
metal fencing was added around the entire                   fences and a new windscreen was installed                      1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..125
field. Each dugout contains an extension                    on the outside fence, while a tarp was pur-                    1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..500
                                                                                                                           1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.000
toward the backstop with the first base                     chased to cover the field during times of
                                                                                                                           1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..375
extension serving as an equipment/storage                   inclement weather.
                                                                                                                           1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..900
closet, while the third base extension serves                     The latest upgrades to the Liberty                       2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.000
as the softball press box.                                  Softball Field took place prior to the start of                2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..333
      During the summer of 1996, the finish-                the 2007 season as two new batting cages                       2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..250
ing touches were placed on the dugouts, as                  and two pitching bullpens were installed                       2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..400
player restroom facilities were completed. A                beyond the center field scoreboard. The old                    2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..250
scoreboard was installed as well, located                   batting cage area was converted into a large                   2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..500
above the first base dugout. The outfield                   storage area for the program.                                  2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..500
also underwent several changes as a sprin-                                                                                 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..543

                                                                Lady Flames Records at Liberty Softball Field

                                Individual Record                                                           Team Record
Runs Scored                     4 by Alycia Stevens vs. NC A&T, 4/14/95                                     15 vs. three teams
                                4 by Jessica Moore three times; last vs. North Carolina A&T, 4/1/06                last vs. North Carolina A&T, 4/1/06
Hits                            4 by 10 players, last by Dawn Jeffs vs. Lynchburg College, 4/19/06          16 vs. Radford, 3/5/96
                                                                                                            16 vs. Charleston Southern, 4/22/05
RBI                             7 by Amanda Maska vs. East Carolina 4/17/04                                 14 vs. West Virginia Tech, 4/9/05
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                                7 by Tiffany Johnson vs. West Virginia Tech, 4/9/05
Doubles                         3 by Jessica Moore vs. Bethune-Cookman, 4/3/06                              4   vs.   Virginia, 4/20/04
                                                                                                            4   vs.   Bethune-Cookman, 4/3/06
Triples                         2 by Stacy Radulovich vs. North Carolina A&T, 3/30/98                       3   vs.   UMass-Lowell, 3/11/96
Home Runs                       3 by Jessica Moore vs. Gardner-Webb, 3/8/06                                 5   vs.   Gardner-Webb, 3/8/06
Stolen Bases                    4 by Stacy Radulovich vs. Towson State, 3/20/96                             8   vs.   North Carolina A&T, 3/26/96
                                4 by Susan Naylor vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 3/4/95
Innings Pitched                 8.0 by Katie Phillips vs. Radford, 3/5/96                                   9.0 vs. East Carolina, 4/4/98
                                8.0 by Sarah Swor twice, last vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 3/7/06
Strikeouts                      13 by Katie Phillips vs. Cleveland State, 3/8/99                            13 vs. Cleveland State, 3/8/99
                                13 by Terra Lowe vs. West Virginia Tech, 4/9/05                             13 vs. West Virginia Tech, 4/9/05

Longest Winning Streak: 9 - from April 3, 1997 to March 10, 1998; from March 7, 2007 to April 3, 2006

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