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DiMartino Named Big South Pitcher of Week

April 25, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Julia DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Week, Monday.

Julia DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Week, Monday.

Following a dominant week in the circle that included two shutouts, Liberty freshman Julia DiMartino has been named Big South Pitcher of the Week.

DiMartino, a native of Brockport, N.Y., earns her first career Pitcher of the Week honor. She joins teammate Chase Cassady (March 14) as Lady Flames to be named Big South Pitcher of the Week this season.

Last week, DiMartino posted a perfect 3-0 record in three starts, tossing three complete games and two shutouts. She allowed just one earned run on the week for a 0.32 ERA. Batters hit just .185 against her, and she struck out 24 batters in 22 innings pitched.

As a result of last week's games, DiMartino (14-10) has tied Leslie Inge (1997) for the most shutouts ever by a Liberty freshman, with five. She is also the first Lady Flame since Katrina Johnson in 2010 to earn complete-game shutout wins in back-to-back games. DiMartino is 10-3 with a 2.33 ERA in conference games this year.

On Wednesday, she pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win at Virginia, striking out five. Then, she pitched an eight-inning, five-hit shutout against Charleston Southern on Saturday. She struck out 10 and walked two, as Liberty edged CSU, 1-0. DiMartino finished the week out by earning the series-clinching victory over CSU, 3-2, on Sunday. She allowed just one earned run on eight hits, striking out nine.

DiMartino and the Lady Flames (26-24, 12-6 Big South) wrap up regular-season play with six games this week. Liberty first plays a series at Radford, tomorrow and Wednesday. Tomorrow's doubleheader between the Lady Flames and Highlanders starts at 4 p.m. at Radford Softball Stadium, while the two teams will contest a single game, Wednesday at 1 p.m.