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6-Run 1st Sends Long Beach Past Liberty 7-0

March 8, 2019  Long Beach, Calif.  RSS
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Autumn Bishop reached base in all four of her plate appearances this afternoon against Long Beach State.

Autumn Bishop reached base in all four of her plate appearances this afternoon against Long Beach State.

Long Beach State used a six-run first inning to pull away from Liberty 7-0 on Friday at LBSU Softball Complex.

With the win, LBSU improves to 8-11 on the season. Meanwhile, Liberty (14-7) saw its 11-game winning streak end.

Liberty's program-record shutout games (9) and shutout innings (60) streaks ended in the first inning today. The Lady Flames had scored 75 unanswered runs, starting on Feb. 21 against Wright State and ending this afternoon.

Scoring Summary
LBSU – 1st INNING – Wren flies out to left, sacrifice fly, Fry scores, 1-0

LBSU – 1st INNING – Gonzalez singles, Falo and Rowland advance, Hernandez scores, 2-0

LBSU – 1st INNING – McCollum doubles to right center, Gonzalez advances, Falo and Rowland score, 4-0

LBSU – 1st INNING – Ruffin walks, Briones and McCollum advance, Gonzalez scores, 5-0

LBSU – 1st INNING – Fry singles up the middle, Ruffin and Briones advance, McCollum scores, 6-0

LBSU – 5th INNING – Fry and Ruffin advance on wild pitch, Briones scores on a wild pitch, 7-0

Notable Numbers
- Long Beach State outhit Liberty, 11-2. The 49ers registered the game's only error.

- LBSU's Ashley Coleman (5-4) pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out four and walking four. She did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.

- Elizabeth Engler (1-2) drew the loss, allowing five runs on three hits in 1/3 innings pitched. Chase Cassady yielded two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Julia DiMartino tossed the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out three and giving up two hits.

- Jamie Wren went 3-for-3 with a triple and one RBI for LBSU, while Nichole Fry and Naomi Hernandez both had two hits.

- Autumn Bishop walked three times and went 1-for-1, while Kara Canetto batted 1-for-3.

Turning Point
- Long Beach State broke through for six runs on five hits in the bottom of the first to take control, 6-0.

- Liberty loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, as Autumn Bishop and Alexis Erich both drew walks and Denay Griffin reached on an error. Pinch hitter Brittany Lew grounded to short for the third out.

Beyond the Box Score
- LBSU now leads the all-time series 2-0 over Liberty, as the first meeting resulted in a 5-2 Long Beach win on Feb. 8, 2009.

- DiMartino has not allowed a single run in her last 30 innings pitched.

- Liberty went over two weeks without giving up a run. Entering the first inning today, the Lady Flames scored 75 unanswered runs since giving up two runs in the top of the first against Wright State on Feb. 21.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will play two games tomorrow at UCLA's Easton Stadium. Liberty will take on Boston University at 3:30 p.m. ET before facing the No. 2 UCLA Bruins at 8:30 p.m. ET.