Liberty Flames Athletics

Since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 1988, the Flames have captured more than 140 conference championships and produced six NCAA Division I individual national champions. In 2017, Liberty found success in multiple sports, including its first-ever win over an FBS Power 5 opponent (Baylor), as well as two cross country titles and postseason appearances by golf, softball, and men’s basketball.


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The Flames finished their 2017 campaign with a 32-23 record, highlighted by a road win over No. 3 North Carolina, the highest ranked team Liberty has ever defeated since joining the Division I ranks in 1988. The Flames will start the 2018 season at Liberty Baseball Stadium on Feb. 16 against VCU.


2017 was a special year for the Lady Flames as they captured the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship on May 24. The Lady Flames defeated Lamar 3-1 at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium after winning five straight elimination games during the championship week. Liberty looks to build on its success in 2018 and will face off against nationally ranked teams, including UCLA, Baylor, and Arizona State.

Women's Lacrosse

The 2018 season provides an opportunity for the lacrosse team to test itself against a challenging schedule as they make a push for another conference championship appearance. The Flames will start the 2018 season on the road against Mercer, North Carolina, and East Carolina before facing Robert Morris at home on Feb. 25.

Track and Field

For the second straight season, Liberty swept the men's and women's team titles at the 2017 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. For the third year in a row, Liberty also captured the men's and women's team titles at the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames and Lady Flames won by a combined 240 points, taking 16 first-place finishes. Liberty will aim to continue its success in 2018.


Men's Tennis

Men’s tennis finished the fall slate of its 2017-18 schedule with strong performances from junior Eddie Gutierrez and sophomore Vince Salas, both of whom paced the team in singles victories with 10 apiece. Gutierrez reached two singles finals (Liberty University Invitational, Aztec Fall Invitational), while Salas won eight of his last 10 singles bouts. Sophomore Chase Burton reached the quarterfinals of the singles main draw at the ITA Atlantic Regional, and collectively, Liberty posted an 8-2 record on day two of the regional. The Flames will begin the 2018 portion of their schedule on Jan. 19 in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech.

Women's Tennis

Women’s tennis competed in six tournaments in Fall 2017, starting with the South Carolina Invitational on Sept. 15-17, where the Lady Flames posted an impressive 19-8 mark in singles play. Junior Ashley Bongart paced the team with a 9-3 mark in singles, including a 3-0 record at the fall-closing SDSU Fall Classic II. Bongart, alongside junior Rebekah Anderson, led the squad with five doubles victories. The duo, along with senior Evangeline Crist and junior Anna Dollar, reached the quarterfinals at the ITA Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech. It marked the first time in program history that two Liberty women's tennis doubles duos made the quarterfinals in the regional during the same year.


In 2017, the Flames posted a pair of top-five finishes during their five-tournament fall schedule and registered the third-best fall team scoring average in program history (291.13). Their Fall 2017 performance was highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Shoal Creek Invitational, Sept. 25-26. The Flames confidently look to continue their success in 2018.

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