Julia DiMartino pitched the fourth perfect game in program history, Sunday vs. Princeton.
Liberty senior Julia DiMartino tossed the fourth perfect game in the program's NCAA Division I era, striking out seven while facing the minimum in a 12-0, five inning victory over Princeton, Sunday at Liberty Softball Stadium.
DiMartino faced just 15 batters, yielding no baserunners. She is the first Lady Flame since Sarah Swor to pitch a perfect game (April 9, 2005 vs. West Virginia Tech). It was DiMartino's third career no-hitter and first since April 29, 2016 against Gardner-Webb. There have now been 17 no-hitters in the program's Division I history.
Liberty (7-6) has won all three of its games so far at the Liberty Softball Challenge, by a combined score of 42-2. Princeton falls to 1-3 on the season, and the Tigers opened up their season this weekend.
Scoring Summary LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Erich doubles to left center, advances to third, Canetto, Amber Bishop and Autumn Bishop score, 3-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – McFarland homers to right center, Erich scores, 5-0
LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Autumn Bishop reaches on an error by left fielder, sac fly, Via scores, 6-0
LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Griffin doubles to left center, Amber Bishop scores, 7-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Amber Bishop homers to right center, Autumn Bishop scores, 9-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – McFarland singles to left center, Erich and Griffin advance, Canetto scores, 10-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Robertson walks, McFarland and Erich advance, Griffin scores, 11-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Via flies out to left, sacrifice fly, McFarland scores, 12-0
Notable Numbers - Liberty outhit Princeton 11-0 for the ballgame, while the Tigers registered the game's lone error. - DiMartino moved to 3-3 on the season, needing just 54 pitches to retire 15 batters. - Allie Reynolds (1-1) drew the loss, allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on 10 hits, striking out one in three innings.
- Liberty's Amber Bishop went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, two RBI and three runs scored, while Autumn Bishop batted 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. Kaitlin McFarland (2-for-3, homer) and Alexis Erich (1-for-2) had three RBI each. Madison Via batted 1-for-2 with a triple and a sacrifice fly. Beyond the Box Score - The Lady Flames have shut out each of their last two opponents, and has not allowed a run in the last 14 2/3 innings. Since giving up two runs in the first inning to Wright State on Thursday, Liberty has scored 42 unanswered runs.
- Liberty has scored in double digits in each of its last three games, winning each game by run-rule. The program record for consecutive double-digit scoring games is four, and four games is also the team record for consecutive run-rule victories.
- Liberty's 32 runs scored in the last two games is a new program record for most combined runs scored in two consecutive games. - Autumn Bishop has tied current Liberty graduate assistant Alexia Taylor (2015-18) for the program career record with 10 sacrifice flies. - Amber Bishop hit her 30th career home run, becoming the fifth player in program history with 30 or more career home runs.
Up Next The Lady Flames will face Bucknell at approximately 8 p.m. tonight to finish out play at the Liberty Softball Challenge.
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