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Top-Ranked Longhorns Shut Out Lady Flames 3-0

March 7, 2020  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Amber Bishop became the fourth Liberty player with 50 or more career doubles, hitting career double No. 50 during the sixth inning.

Amber Bishop became the fourth Liberty player with 50 or more career doubles, hitting career double No. 50 during the sixth inning.

No. 1 Texas posted a 3-0 shutout over the visiting Liberty Lady Flames, Saturday at Red & Charline McCombs Field.

The Longhorns improve to 23-3 on the season, including 3-0 at this weekend's Longhorn Invitational. The Lady Flames (9-13) are 2-2 this weekend heading into tomorrow's game against New Mexico.

Liberty has tied a program record for most games against Top 25 teams in a single season, as the 2007 Lady Flames went 3-9 against nationally-ranked opponents. The Lady Flames are 2-10 versus Top 25 teams this year.

Scoring Summary
Texas – 2nd INNING – Rhodes grounds out, Washington advances, Iakopo scores, 1-0
Texas – 2nd INNING – Ellsworth singles, Washington scores, 2-0
Texas – 5th INNING – Slack out at first, sacrifice bunt, Corona advances to third, scores on throwing error, 3-0

Notable Numbers
- Texas outhit Liberty 7-4 for the game while the Lady Flames committed the game's lone error. Liberty left five runners on base while the Longhorns stranded four.  
- Texas and Liberty drew 1,392 fans to tonight's game, the largest crowd for a softball game at McCombs Field so far this season.
- Shealyn O'Leary (6-0), named the 2019 National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Softball America, earned the complete-game shutout, yielding four hits and striking out four..
- Megan Johnson (4-4) drew the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two.
- Taylor Ellsworth batted 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI for the Longhorns, while Lauren Burke recorded a triple and Miranda Elish hit a double.
- Emily Sweat went 2-for-3 for the Lady Flames, while Amber Bishop and Kara Canetto both went 1-for-3 and Bishop had a double.

Turning Point
- Texas broke through with two runs in the second and added an insurance run in the fifth. Liberty had baserunners in five out of the seven innings, but the Lady Flames were unable to cash in.  

Beyond the Box Score
- This was Liberty's fourth game against a No. 1 team (at time of meeting) this season, as the Lady Flames faced No. 1 Washington and No. 1 UCLA earlier this year and took on top-ranked Texas twice this weekend.
- Johnson had retired 23 straight batters, spanning three different games, before giving up a leadoff hit in the second of today's game. She also saw her 15 inning scoreless streak snapped when Texas plated two runs during the second frame.   
- Amber Bishop became the fourth Liberty player with 50 or more career doubles, hitting career double No. 50 during the sixth inning. Autumn Bishop and Ashley Williams (2005-08) are tied for the program record with 52, while Sarah Robertson (2016-19) and Amber Bishop are tied third with 50.  
- Canetto has batted .444 (16-for-36) against nationally-ranked teams this season.
- Liberty has held opponents to three or fewer runs in each of the last nine games.

Up Next
Liberty closes out its time at the Longhorn Invitational tomorrow, taking on New Mexico at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.