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Liberty Earns 11th Straight Win, Tops SDSU 8-0

March 8, 2019  Long Beach, Calif.  RSS
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Amber Bishop went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI on Friday against San Diego State.

Amber Bishop went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI on Friday against San Diego State.

Liberty kept several impressive streaks alive with an 8-0, five-inning win over San Diego State, Friday at LBSU Softball Complex.

The Lady Flames (14-6) opened the Louisville Slugger Invitational with a win, while San Diego State falls to 11-11 on the season.

Liberty ran its winning streak to 11 games overall, with each of the last nine Lady Flames' games resulting in shutout wins. The Lady Flames have not allowed a single run in their last 59  2/3 inning pitched, scoring 75 unanswered runs starting on Feb. 21 against Wright State.

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Amber Bishop singles to center, Autumn Bishop advances, Canetto scores, 1-0

LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Erich singles to center, Robertson and Amber Bishop advance, Autumn Bishop scores, 2-0

LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – McFarland reached on a fielder's choice, Griffin out at second, Erich advances, Robertson scores, 3-0

LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Autumn Bishop reaches on an error by first baseman, Canetto advances, Amader scores, 4-0

LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Amber Bishop homers to left, Canetto scores, 6-0

LIBERTY – 5th INNING – McFarland walks, Griffin and Erich advance, Robertson scores, 7-0

LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Amader walks, McFarland and Griffin advance, Eric scores, 8-0

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit SDSU 7-2. The Lady Flames left eight on base, while the Aztecs stranded one.

- Julia DiMartino (8-3) earned the win, allowing just two hits and striking out six in four innings pitched. Chase Cassady pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning for Liberty.

- MJ James (3-3) drew the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits, walking three in 3 1/3 innings pitched.

- Amber Bishop batted 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and one run scored. Sarah Robertson and Kara Canetto scored two runs each, while Kaitlin McFarland drove in two runs.

Turning Point
- San Diego State was unable to capitalize on a leadoff single in the bottom of the second, as Liberty turned a double play to short-circuit any rally attempt.

- The Lady Flames then broke a scoreless tie, scoring three runs in the third iinning and five more in the fourth. Amber Bishop's two-run homer gave Liberty a 6-0 lead with one out in the top of the fourth inning.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty avenged a 7-0 loss to the Aztecs, Feb. 22, 2018 at the Mary Nutter Classic, in the only previous meeting between the two programs.

- DiMartino has not allowed a run in her last 28 2/3 innings pitched, while Cassady has a 19-inning shutout streak going.

- Amber Bishop entered Liberty's all-time top 10 in career hits, as she is now tied for 10th in program history with J'Nae Jefferson (2007-10) with 189 career hits.

- Liberty has scored 75 unanswered runs since giving up two runs in the top of the first against Wright State on Feb. 21.

Up Next
Liberty is currently playing against Long Beach State in the Lady Flames' second game of the day.