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UNA Blanks Liberty 1-0, Earns Series Victory

April 28, 2019  Florence, Ala.   RSS
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Kayla Harris was hit by two pitches on Sunday.

Kayla Harris was hit by two pitches on Sunday.

A low-scoring three-game series between the ASUN's two newest teams ended in a 1-0 win for the North Alabama Lions, as junior Megan Garst no-hit Liberty 1-0 on Sunday at Hilda B. Anderson Softball Complex.

The Lady Flames (35-18) have concluded their inaugural ASUN regular-season schedule with a 16-5 record. North Alabama (23-18, 8-10) won this weekend's series.

The teams combined to score a total of six runs in the three-game series, as UNA won games one and three by 1-0 scores and Liberty took game two by a 3-1 final yesterday.

Liberty has clinched a top-two seed in the 2019 ASUN Softball Championship, hosted by FGCU on May 8-11 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Lady Flames will watch the out-of-town scoreboards over the next week to see whether they have earned the ASUN regular-season championship.

Scoring Summary
NORTH ALABAMA – 4th INNING – Honeycutt homers to right, 1-0

Notable Numbers
- North Alabama had seven hits, leaving six on base while the Lady Flames stranded two.

- Garst (14-5) pitched her second career no-hitter and first this season, striking out nine and walking one.   

- Liberty's Julia DiMartino (17-9) drew the tough-luck loss, giving up just one run on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

- Seven different Lions had one hit each, with Riley Grace Honeycutt hitting a solo home run.

- Kayla Harris was hit by a pitch twice in the game, while Emily Sweat drew a walk.

Turning Point
- Garst pitched four 1-2-3 innings, and only allowed three total baserunners in the game.

- Honeycutt entered the game as a replacement for Veronica Westfall. She provided the only scoring of the game when she hit a solo shot to right to begin the bottom of the fourth inning.

- DiMartino struck out the final two batters of the inning twice in the game, stranding a runner on third to end both the third and fifth innings.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty is now 3-11 in one-run games this season, and 10-1 in games decided by exactly two runs.

- The Lady Flames are 28-7 in the Eastern Time Zone this year and 7-11 in game played in any other time zone.

- This was the first time that Liberty has been held without a hit in a single game since May 13, 2016 against Coastal Carolina.   

- DiMartino pitched her 70th career complete game. She is fourth in program history in complete games.

Up Next
Liberty returns home, and will host former Big South rival Longwood on Saturday at Liberty Softball Stadium. The start time for that ballgame has been changed, and will now start at 2 p.m. on Saturday.