College softball Clemson softballs sit on a fence during the Clemson softball Orange vs Purple scrimmage at McWhorter Stadium in Clemson Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Clemson Softball Orange Vs Purple Scrimmage

On Wednesday, the Clemson Tigers softball team entered the bottom of the seventh with a 99.34% chance of beating the Liberty Lady Flames. 

While the Lady Flames were down 4-1, they had three outs to play against one of the best two-way players in the sport, two-time All-American Valerie Cagle.

Yet somehow, Clemson lost to Liberty in a 5-4 come-from-behind-victory. With one down in the seventh inning, the next six Lady Flames reached base during a four-run rally to knock off one of the best teams in the country. Sophomore infielder Rachel Craine’s two-run walk-off single propelled Liberty to its first win over a Top 25 opponent this season.

In the past nine days, Liberty has knocked off three nationally ranked teams — Clemson, Alabama and Central Arkansas.

The college softball world reacted to the huge upset on social media:

The Lady Flames are getting hot at the right time ahead of the Atlantic Sun Conference Softball Championship next month. While Liberty (31-17, 13-5 ASUN) remains unranked and has not received any Top 25 votes, the Lady Flames are currently ranked 27th in the nation in the rating percentage index (RPI) which helps measure a team’s wins and losses and its strength of schedule.

Liberty owns a 19-3 home record, including its latest win over Clemson, but a 2-8 record in neutral site games puts a damper on its resume.


About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.