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Liberty Overtakes Rutgers, 5-3

February 17, 2019  College Station, Texas  RSS
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Autumn Bishop tied her own program single-game record with two sacrifice flies.

Autumn Bishop tied her own program single-game record with two sacrifice flies.

Liberty scored four times in the top of the sixth, rallying for a 5-3 victory over Rutgers, Sunday at Texas A&M's Davis Diamond.

The Lady Flames (4-6) went 3-2 at the Texas A&M Invitational, including two wins over Rutgers and one over the host Aggies. The Scarlet Knights (4-6) went 1-4 this weekend.

Scoring Summary
RUTGERS – 2nd INNING – Hoklotubbe steals second, advances to third, Moy steals third, scores on a throwing error, 1-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Autumn Bishop flies out to left, sacrifice fly, Amader scores, 1-1
RUTGERS – 3rd INNING – Collins hit by a pitch, Bowman and Iliopoulos advance, Marra scores, 2-1
RUTGERS – 3rd INNING – Moy walks, Collins and Bowman advance, Iliopoulos scores, 3-1
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Amader singles to shortstop, Harris and Robertson advance, Erich scores, 3-2
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Hoffman singles to third base, Amader and Via advance, Robertson scores, 3-3
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Autumn Bishop flies out to center, sacrifice fly, Hoffman advances to third, Via scores, Amader scores on throwing error, 5-3

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit Rutgers, 10-2, while both teams committed two errors. The Scarlet Knights left nine runners on base while Liberty stranded seven.

- Chase Cassady (1-1) earned the win, allowing one hit while striking out two and walking two in 3 1/3 innings of relief work. Julia DiMartino picked up her second save of the season with 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Starting pitcher Emily Kirby yielded three runs (two earned) with four walks and one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

- Rutgers reliever Whitney Jones (3-4) drew the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits in two innings.

- Denay Griffin went 2-for-4, getting her first two career hits, while Alexis Erich and Taylor Hoffman both registered two hits. Jaclyn Amader batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.

- Myah Moy went 1-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI for Rutgers.

Turning Point
- Liberty entered the sixth inning trailing 3-1. The Lady Flames loaded the bases with nobody out, as Griffin and Erich singled and Robertson was hit by a pitch. After a fielder's choice, Amader and Hoffman hit back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game.

- Autumn Bishop then plated Madison Via with a sacrifice fly, and another run scored on an error, making it 5-3.

- With runners on second and third and two out in the bottom of the sixth, DiMartino came on to retire Aleah Marra. She then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the save.

Beyond the Box Score
- Autumn Bishop tied her own program single-game record with two sacrifice flies, as she also had two sac flies against Charleston Southern, April 21, 2018. Bishop moved into second place in program history with nine career sacrifice flies.

- DiMartino is now the program record holder with 11 career saves.

- Sarah Robertson is in ninth place in program history with 112 career runs scored.

- Liberty and Rutgers will meet again on March 1 to start the Liberty Softball Classic at the Liberty Softball Stadium.

- Kirby became the fifth different Liberty pitcher to start a game this season, joining Julia DiMartino, Chase Cassady, Elizabeth Engler and Braelyn Cooper. This is the second time in the last three seasons that Liberty has had five different starting pitchers in a year.

Up Next
Liberty returns to Lynchburg, and will open its home schedule with the Liberty Softball Challenge, held Friday through Sunday at the Liberty Softball Stadium. The Lady Flames take on Wright State on Friday at 5 p.m., and will also face Bucknell, Princeton, Valparaiso and Delaware State on the weekend.