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Strong Pitching Helps Liberty Defeat Mountaineers

March 4, 2011
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Pitcher Katrina Johnson picked up her first career save as the Lady Flames picked up their second win of the day, a 2-1 victory over Mount St. Mary's.

Alyssa DiMartino picked up her first career win and Katrina Johnson nabbed her first career save, as the Lady Flames edged Mount St. Mary's, 2-1, in the second game of the UMBC Retriever Classic, Friday afternoon.

The Lady Flames improve to 4-2 on the year after picking up their second win of the day. Liberty defeated Siena, 11-3, in the tournament's opening game this morning. Mount St. Mary's drops to 1-2 in 2011.

The Lady Flames struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Meredith Crisante reached on a fielder's choice with a bunt down the first base line. She then stole second, and advanced to third on an errant throw by catcher Nicole Reeder.

Crisante scored on the next play, when Amber DePasquale tapped an infield single back to the pitcher, and Liberty took a 1-0 lead.

Liberty tacked on another run in the bottom of the third. With one out, Ashley Bensinger drew a walk, and reached second on a wild pitch. She then stole third, and scored when Kaylee West reached on a throwing error by Mount St. Mary's shortstop Taylor Beebe.

The Mountaineers cut Liberty's lead in half in the top of the fourth. Beebe led off with a walk and then advanced to second on a throwing error by Bensinger. She scored two plays later when Kelly Strickland fumbled a grounder at second.

The rest of the game remained a pitcher's duel with Liberty eventually holding on for the victory. The Mountaineers did threaten in the top of the sixth, as Johnson struggled to get adjusted when she was brought in at the top of the frame.

An infield single by Erin Leddy, followed by a muffed throw by Strickland gave Mount St. Mary's two runners on. However, Johnson was able to buckle down with the sophomore retired the last five batters she faced to secure her first career save.

DePasquale led the Lady Flames, batting 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Mountaineer Erin Leddy was 2-for-3 at the plate. The two teams finished the seven-inning affair with a combined five hits.

DiMartino threw five complete innings, only giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Johnson, who pitched two complete frames, gave up one hit and struck out three Mountaineer batters.

Nicole Pagano (0-1) suffered the loss in the circle, giving up three hits and nabbing four strikeouts in six innings of work.

The Lady Flames are back in action tomorrow, facing off against the Princeton Tigers at 1:30 p.m. in Day 2 of the tournament.