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DiMartino's No-Hitter Highlights 8-0 Liberty Win over Stetson
Freshman Julia DiMartino tossed a no-hitter on Saturday, as the Liberty softball team shut down Stetson, 8-0, via run-rule.
The Lady Flames (2-3) picked up back-to-back wins today at the Dot Richardson Invitational, also defeating Morgan State. Stetson (3-1) had shut out each of its first three opponents of the season before allowing eight runs tonight.
DiMartino faced the minimum, striking out five and walking one. She is the first Lady Flame to throw a no-hitter since Tiffani Smith, May 13, 2011 at Winthrop. The only other Liberty freshman to throw a no-hitter in the program's Division I history was Leslie Inge, who had two no-hitters on March 8 and April 8, 1997. Liberty has thrown 15 no-hitters since becoming an NCAA Division I softball program in 1994.
Stetson's Chelsea Hostetler (1-1) drew the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits in one and one-thirds innings. Tori Perkins yielded two unearned runs on one hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief work.
Alexia Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, while Jaclyn Amader batted 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Tori Zavodny, Sarah Robertson and Cassie Ginerich all added one hit apiece.
The Hatters' first batter in the game reached on a Liberty error. DiMartino shut the door from that point on, retiring the next 12 batters in a row while posting four strikeouts during that span.
Taylor hit a leadoff double to right center during the bottom of the first. After a one-out walk to Robertson, Amader lined an RBI single to right. With two outs and runners on second and third, a Stetson error allowed two more runs to score. Stetson got out of the inning, trailing 3-0.
Liberty doubled its lead in the second. Gingerich and Taylor opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Following a sacrifice bunt, Robertson plated Gingerich with a single to left. Taylor then scored on a double-steal play, making it 5-0. Amader followed with an RBI double, leading to Hostetler's exit. Perkins entered and got the last two batters out by groundout.
An error to start the bottom of the fourth opened the door for Liberty's rally. Zavodny then singled, before a Robertson sacrifice advanced both runners. Taylor scored on a Hatter error, for a 7-0 advantage. See gave Liberty an eight-run cushion with a sacrifice fly.
DiMartino issued a walk to open the fifth inning. A double play sealed the no-hitter for DiMartino and the Lady Flames.
Liberty concludes its time in Florida with a 10 a.m. game tomorrow against No. 5/5 Alabama. Tomorrow's contest between the Lady Flames and Crimson Tide will take place at UCF Softball Complex.