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Liberty Overpowers Grambling State, 11-0
Liberty tied a season high with 11 runs scored, and Julia DiMartino allowed just one hit, while striking out a career-high 11 batters in an 11-0 win over Grambling State, Friday at Louisiana Tech Softball Complex.
With the victory, the Lady Flames snap a four-game winless streak, improving to 4-8 on the season. Grambling State falls to 1-7, and 0-2 at the Louisiana Tech Classic. Liberty has tossed three shutouts this season.
DiMartino (2-4) combined with Kenzie Friesen on a one-hit shutout. DiMartino struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven total innings pitched. Friesen allowed three walks in the sixth before DiMartino re-entered. The freshman right-hander's 11 strikeouts were the most by a Lady Flame since Katrina Johnson's 11-strikeout game against Presbyterian, April 30, 2011.
Grambling's Alexus Brown (0-3) drew the loss, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned on 13 hits, striking out two and walking seven. Liberty connected for five extra-base hits, including three doubles and two triples.
Rylee Reynolds batted 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Sarah Robertson went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Jaclyn Amader batted 2-for-5, while Alexia Taylor doubled and drove in three runs. Tori Zavodny hit a triple and scored twice.
For Grambling, Kendalyn Arcenaux recorded the team's lone hit, a double.
Brown walked the bases loaded with one out in the top of the first. Han put Liberty on the board with an RBI single, and a two-run hit by Reynolds made it 3-0, Lady Flames.
Reynolds doubled down the left line in the third inning, and went to third on a groundout by McCoy. Grambling quelled the rally, when Mickey Loveridge lined out to short.
The Lady Flames added an unearned run in the fourth stanza. Gingerich bunted for a leadoff single, reaching third on a throwing error. After Alexia Taylor flew out, Gingerich scored when the ball got away from the catcher. Tori Zavodny and Sarah Robertson both walked, and Han hit an inning-ending popout.
Liberty tacked on two runs during the top of the fifth. Reynolds and Loveridge both singled, and Talyor came through with a two-out, two-run double to boost the lead to 6-0.
DiMartino set down the first 14 batters she faced, totaling seven strikeouts during that span. Arcenaux broke up DiMartino's no-hit bid with a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth frame.
The Tigers received their best scoring chance in the sixth inning. Relief pitcher Friesen walked the bases loaded with one out. DiMartino re-entered the circle, striking out the last two batters.
The Lady Flames batted around during a five-run seventh frame. An RBI groundout by Taylor got the scoring under way, while Amader (single), Zavodny (triple), Robertson (triple) and Kaitlin McFarland (double) all followed in order with RBI base hits
DiMartino struck out Brown to start the seventh, retiring the side to complete the shutout.
The Lady Flames next take on tournament host Louisiana Tech, this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.