Julia DiMartino and Taylor Hoffman were honored by the Big South, Monday.
For their efforts during a 5-0 week, Liberty sophomore Julia DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Week, and outfielder Taylor Hoffman was named Big South Freshman of the Week.
DiMartino earns her third career Big South Pitcher of the Week award, and first for the season. This is the first time since 1997 that Liberty has had three different players named Pitcher of the Week in the same season. Elizabeth Engler (Feb. 13) and Kenzie Friesen (April 3) both earned the honor earlier this year.
Hoffman becomes the third Lady Flame to receive Freshman of the Week honors, joining two-time winners Amber Bishop and Autumn Bishop. Liberty has had eight different players honored with a weekly award by the conference this year.
A Brockport, N.Y., native, DiMartino kept her dominant pitching going. Last week, she went 4-0 with two shutouts, one combined shutout and 17 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings pitched. She has not allowed a single run in the last two weeks, a span of 37 1/3 innings.
She opened the week with an eight-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Virginia on Tuesday, striking out six and walking one. DiMartino then pitched a three-hitter as Liberty downed Gardner-Webb, 5-0, on Friday. She walked two and struck out six. The sophomore right-hander picked up relief wins in both victories at Gardner-Webb, Saturday, pitching a combined 7 2/3 innings on the day.
DiMartino (13-6) currently ranks second in the Big South with a 2.02 ERA, leading the conference in both shutouts (5) and strikeouts (121).
Hailing from Greensburg, Pa., Hoffman had a standout week at the plate. She batted .500 (5-for-10) with three runs, two walks and a .583 on-base percentage.
Hoffman went 1-for-2 with a walk in a 3-0 win at Virginia on Wednesday, reaching base in two out of three plate appearances. She then batted 2-for-2 with one run scored at Gardner-Webb, Friday. In game one on Saturday, she hit 1-for-3 and tied a career high with two runs scored in a 5-1 victory. She went 1-for-3 in a 2-0, series-ending win on Saturday.
The Lady Flames (31-16, 13-2), currently on a program-record-tying 12-game winning streak, host Virginia Tech for a doubleheader, starting at 5 p.m., tomorrow at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
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