2024 THE Spring Games Opening Weekend

Liberty Softball Schedule 2024: What To Know

Liberty Softball Schedule 2024: What To Know

The Liberty Lady Flames aim to make a splash in 2024, joining a new conference but seeking success to recent years.

Feb 17, 2024 by Kyle Kensing
Liberty Softball Schedule 2024: What To Know

The 2024 campaign means a new conference and new opportunities for Liberty Lady Flames softball. 

Under the direction of a coach who is a legend in the sport, Liberty became a dominant presence in the ASUN. Now, the Lady Flames are members of Conference USA in pursuit of similar success. 

That process begins with an early-season visit to THE Spring Games, where Liberty joins other 2024 NCAA Tournament hopefuls.

Before the Lady Flames take part in THE Spring Games, get to know more about their history and outlook. 

How Did Liberty Softball Do In 2023?

Liberty softball endured a rocky start to 2023. After taking juggernaut Oklahoma to the wire in a 1-0 decision to open the season, the Lady Flames dropped eight of their next nine. 

But after the difficulty of a tough non-conference slate, Liberty ran off a 15-game winning streak, another of seven games, and powered its way to the ASUN Conference championship. 

With an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Liberty scored a pair of wins and nearly made it through the Los Angeles Regional before bowing out to San Diego State. The Lady Flames finished the campaign 40-22 overall.  

Who Coaches Liberty Softball? 

Dot Richardson, a legend of the sport, became Liberty's softball head coach in 2014. 

Richardson is a Hall of Famer for her playing career, which included three All-American selections during her time at powerhouse UCLA. She later helped Team USA to Gold Medals in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. 

Richardson has won more than 300 games in her time at Liberty and coached the Lady Flames to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Has Liberty Ever Won The Women’s College World Series?

No, Liberty has never won the Women's College World Series. The Lady Flames first qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2002, did not return until 2011, and have made four of the program's six all-time appearances in the postseason under Dot Richardson. 

Notable Returning Players 

Rachel Roupe, OF

Junior outfielder Rachel Roupe is coming off a sensational sophomore season in which he hit .317 and knocked out 15 home runs. Three of those came during the NCAA Regional and in the ASUN Championship. 

Roupe's timely hitting landed her 1st Team All-ASUN recognition, and separates Roupe as a player to watch for 2024 Conference USA Player of the Year accolades. 

Paige Bachman, P

After serving as Liberty's second starter in 2023, Paige Bachman heads into 2024 with the opportunity to solidify herself as the Lady Flames' ace. 

Bachman finished the 2023 campaign with a 3.02 ERA in 122 innings pitched, struck out 79, and held opposing batters to a team-leading .222 batting average. 

Notable Newcomers

JaMaya Byrum, INF

Freshman JaMaya Byrum landed at Liberty via Henderson (Ky.) County High School, where in 2023 she hit 13 home runs. 

A hard-hitting prospect at the prep level, Byrum also brings a standout glove to the Liberty infield. 

Tyler Oubre, P 

Louisiana transfer Tyler Oubre appeared in limited capacity as a redshirt transfer last season, but struck out five hitters in fewer than four innings of work. 

Oubre joins the Liberty pitching rotation with the ability to start or come out of the bullpen. 

How To Watch THE Spring Games

Watch THE Spring Games Opening Weekend on FloSoftball and the FloSports app.

FloSoftball will be streaming several NCAA Division I college softball tournaments, including the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, THE Spring Games and the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

Liberty Softball Schedule 2024

All times Eastern

Feb. 95 p.m.St. John'sClearwater, Fla.
Feb. 98 p.m.OregonClearwater, Fla.
Feb. 1012 noonClemsonClearwater, Fla.
Feb. 104 p.m. MissouriClearwater, Fla.
Feb. 1110 a.m.Notre DameClearwater, Fla.
Feb. 146 p.m.UCFOrlando, Fla.
Feb. 162 p.m.IllinoisLeesburg, Fla.
Feb. 165 p.m.IowaLeesburg, Fla.
Feb. 1710:30 a.m.Coastal CarolinaLeesburg, Fla.
Feb. 173 p.m.Ohio StateLeesburg, Fla.
Feb. 189:30 a.m.Penn StateLeesburg, Fla.
Feb. 2312 noonSaint Francis (PA)Lynchburg, Va.
Feb. 232:30 p.m.Penn StateLynchburg, Va.
Feb. 2412 p.m.Saint Francis (PA)Lynchburg, Va.
Feb. 242:30 p.m.PennLynchburg, Va.
Feb. 25 2:30 p.m.Morgan StateLynchburg, Va.
March 13 p.m.TulsaNorman, Okla.
March 16 p.m.OklahomaNorman, Okla.
March 22:45 p.m.OklahomaNorman, Okla.
March 25:30 p.m.LouisianaNorman, Okla.
March 311 a.m.LouisianaNorman, Okla.
March 86 p.m.FIU*Miami, Fla.
March 91 p.m.FIU* Miami, Fla.
March 1011 a.m.FIU* Miami, Fla.
March 124 p.m.DukeLynchburg, Va.
March 156 p.m. Jacksonville State*Lynchburg, Va.
March 162 p.m.Jacksonville State* Lynchburg, Va.
March 1711 a.m.Jacksonville State*Lynchburg, Va.
March 204 p.m.CharlotteLynchburg, Va.
March 227:30 p.m.Sam Houston*Huntsville, Texas
March 234:30 p.m.Sam Houston*Huntsville, Texas
March 241 p.m.Sam Houston*Huntsville, Texas
March 266 p.m.Virginia Lynchburg, Va. 
March 286 p.m.Louisiana Tech*Lynchburg, Va.
March 294 p.m.Louisiana Tech*Lynchburg, Va.
March 3012 noon Louisiana Tech* Lynchburg, Va.
April 56 p.m.Western Kentucky* Lynchburg, Va.
April 62 p.m.Western Kentucky*Lynchburg, Va.
April 712 noonWestern Kentucky*Lynchburg, Va.
April 127 p.m.MTSU* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
April 135 p.m.MTSU* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
April 141 p.m.MTSU* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
April 174 p.m.North CarolinaLynchburg, Va.
April 196 p.m.New Mexico State*Lynchburg, Va.
April 202 p.m.New Mexico State* Lynchburg, Va.
April 2111 a.m. New Mexico State* Lynchburg, Va.
April 236 p.m.LongwoodFarmville, Va.
April 268 p.m.UTEP*El Paso, Texas
April 275 p.m.UTEP*El Paso, Texas
April 2812 noonUTEP*El Paso, Texas
May 16 p.m.Virginia TechLynchburg, Va.
May 37 p.m.LSUBaton Rouge, La.
May 47 p.m. LSUBaton Rouge, La.
May 56 p.m.LSUBaton Rouge, La.
May 8-11TBAConference USA ChampionshipLas Cruces, N.M.

2024 Liberty Softball Roster

1Tyler OubrePR-So.
2Raigan BarrettINFR-So.
3Ciara GibsonUtil.Fr. 
4JaMaya Byrum INFFr.
5Elena EscobarPJr.
6Maddy TuckOFSo.
7Mary Claire WilsonOFSr.
8Brynn McManusINFSo.
9Katie LovePFr.
10Rachel CraineINFJr. 
11Brooke RobertsUtil.Jr.
12Savannah WoodardINFSr.
14Aubry NorrisUtil.So.
15Rachel RoupeOFJr. 
16Megan FortnerINFSr. 
17Sierra KerstenINFSr.
18Kerissa HowellUtil.Fr.
19Lilly HeidornOFJr.
20Kaylan YoderPFr.
21Vanessa PerezINFFr.
23Brooke WildesINFFr.
24Savannah Jessee
27Brooke WildesINFFr.
28Mariah BazileOFFr.
42KK MadreyOFJr.
51Paige BachmanPJr.
99Madi BachmanCFr.

2024 THE Spring Games Opening Weekend Schedule

All times Eastern

Thurs., Feb. 15

4:30 p.m.Kansas (Big 12)UC Riverside (Big West)SH 4

Fri., Feb. 16

NoonSouthern Illinois (MVC)UC Riverside (Big West)SH 4
12:30 p.m.Ohio State (Big Ten)Coastal Carolina (Sunbelt)SH 3
2 p.m.Penn State  (Big Ten)Kansas (Big 12)SH 1
2 p.m.Urbana-Champaign (Big Ten)Liberty (CUSA)SH 2
2:30 p.m.Iowa (Big Ten)Southern Illinois (MVC)SH 4
3 p.m.UC Riverside (Big West)Ohio State (Big Ten)SH 3
4:30 p.m.Kansas (Big 12)Urbana-Champaign (Big Ten)SH 1
4:30 p.m.Coastal Carolina (Sunbelt)Penn State  (Big Ten)SH 2
5 p.m.Liberty (CUSA)Iowa (Big Ten)SH 4

Sat., Feb. 17

10 a.m.Iowa (Big Ten)Kansas (Big 12)SH 4
10:30 a.m.Liberty (CUSA)Coastal Carolina (Sunbelt)SH 1
NoonUC Riverside (Big West)Penn State  (Big Ten)SH 2
NoonSouthern Illinois (MVC)Urbana-Champaign (Big Ten)SH 3
12:30 p.m.Kansas (Big 12)Ohio State (Big Ten)SH 4
1 p.m.Coastal Carolina (Sunbelt)Iowa (Big Ten)SH 1
2:30 p.m.Penn State  (Big Ten)Southern Illinois (MVC)SH 2
2:30 p.m.Urbana-Champaign (Big Ten)UC Riverside (Big West)SH 3
3 p.m.Ohio State (Big Ten)Liberty (CUSA)SH 4

Sun., Feb. 18

9:30 a.m.UC Riverside (Big West)Iowa (Big Ten)SH 1
9:30 a.m.Penn State  (Big Ten)Liberty (CUSA)SH 3
9:30 a.m.Coastal Carolina (Sunbelt)Urbana-Champaign (Big Ten)SH 4
9:30 a.m.Southern Illinois (MVC)Ohio State (Big Ten)SH 2

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