By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 25, 2014) – Liberty University outfielder Jamie Crisp stepped up to the plate for the Division I Flames on April 24 and watched her first two collegiate home runs fly over the center field fence.
A 2011 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School, Crisp knocked her first career home runs out-of-the-park, four years to the day after her dad, George, passed away on a softball diamond on April 24, 2010.
Jamie told her mom that her dad – who was known for his sense of humor and humanitarian work including building churches, clinics and orphanages in Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Uganda – was there with her on the field when she helped the Flames to a 13-4 victory over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on April 24.
Batting out of the eight-hole and starting in right field, Crisp hit a two-run shot over the center field fence in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. Then in the third-inning, the junior blasted a three-run long ball to center field to give Liberty the lead from which they never looked back.
On the day, Crisp went 3-for-3 including the two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. Her two home run performance was the first multi-homer game for a Lady Flame this season, and her five RBI were the most in a single game by a Liberty softball player in 2014.
Other notes from the past weeks in college sports:
- Briar Woods High School graduate Jonathan Howard (2010) was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for his performance on the Christopher Newport golf team. Howard was the CAC conference champion earning his first career win in an event during the last conference round of his collegiate career.
- Middleburg Academy graduate Maclain Huge (2012) teed off for Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on April 25 shooting a low five-over par. However, the sophomore looks to rebound over the weekend to help the No. 11 Hokies earn a piece of the ACC title. On March 30, Huge wrapped up the Furman Intercollegiate shooting a one-under par and finishing eighth overall. The following weekend, Huge again shot a one-under par, good enough for 17th at the 3M Augusta Invitational.
- Christopher Newport junior Troy Newcomer had four top-ten track and field finishes for the Division III Captains during the New Captains Classic on April 18 and 19. A Heritage High School graduate, Newcomer (2011) placed first in the 4×100-meter relay as the anchor leg of Captains’ “A” team which finished with a time of 42.58. The junior also placed third in the high jump (1.80 meters), seventh in the long jump (6.09 meters) and eighth in the 400-meter dash (52.57). Fellow Christopher Newport runner and Woodgrove High School graduate Lydia Cromwell (2012) finished second for the DIII Captains in the 2,000-meter steeplechase posting a time of 8:20.74.
- Cromwell’s Woodgrove High School teammate Anna Harpster (2012) ran the anchor leg of the James Madison University 4×400-meter relay which finished in first with a time of 3:55.14 during the JMU Invitational on April 19. Harpster placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles posting a 1:06.17 finals time. JMU teammate Rachel Hagen – a 2011 Potomac Falls High School graduate – finished fourth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:56.14 for the Division I Dukes.
- Hagen’s Potomac Falls High School classmate Juan Campos (2011) ran the 1,500-meter in a time of 3:51.73 placing seventh during the ACC Championships on April 19 as a pair of Virginia Tech track athletes brought home seventh-place finishes for the Division I Hokies. Also finishing in seventh was Loudoun County High School graduate Patrick Joseph (2013) who ran a 1:52.36 in the 800-meter.
- Park View High School graduate Meredith Oare (2010) matched Joseph’s and Campos’ finishes with a seventh place finish of her own in the hammer throw event for the Division I George Mason Patriots on April 12 at the Mason Spring Invitational when she landed her toss at the 44.61-meter mark.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!