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Liberty Earns First-Ever ASUN Series Sweep, Shuts Out FGCU 2-0

March 31, 2019  Fort Myers, Fla.   RSS
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Kayla Harris had the winning hit in Liberty's 2-0 win on Sunday.

Kayla Harris had the winning hit in Liberty's 2-0 win on Sunday.

A two-out, two-run single by Liberty junior catcher Kayla Harris provided all of the scoring that the Lady Flames needed in a 2-0 shutout win over FGCU on Sunday in the series finale at FGCU Softball Complex.

Liberty (23-13, 6-3 ASUN) posted it's first-ever ASUN series sweep in the process. The Eagles (17-15, 3-3) lost all three games this weekend after sweeping Kennesaw State to open league play last week.

The Lady Flames are 10 games over .500 for the first time this season at 23-13.

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Harris singles to center, Hoffman advances, Amader and Amber Bishop score

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit FGCU 6-5 for the game. Both teams left seven runners on base.

- Julia DiMartino (11-6) earned the relief victory, pitching 3 1/3 innings of three-hit softball and striking out one. Liberty starter Emily Kirby lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.  

- FGCU's Riley Randolph (13-7) drew the loss, yielding two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out eight. Marrisa Mesiemore retired both batters she faced in relief.

- Amber Bishop (2-for-4) and Jaclyn Amader (2-for-3) both doubled and scored in the game, while Kayla Harris had the only two RBI of the contest.

- Kate Kelly went 2-for-4 for the Eagles.

Turning Point
- Both teams had several scoring chances go by the boards before Liberty finally broke through in the sixth inning. Amber Bishop and Amader hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Randolph fanned the next two batters before walking pinch hitter Deidra See. Harris then came through with a two-run single, making it 2-0 Liberty.

- FGCU got two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, and a wild pitch sent both runners ahead one base with two outs. DiMartino then fanned Kyleigh Taylor, ending the threat.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty went 4-0 this week, beginning with a 10-6, nine-inning victory at Duke on Wednesday.   

- The Lady Flames earned their first-ever shutout in ASUN play, bringing their season shutout total to 11. DiMartino has pitched in nine out of Liberty's 11 shutouts this year.

- Amber Bishop is now ranked third in program history with 349 career bases, passing Stacy Radulovich (1996-99) today.

- Amader needs one more run to become the 18th player in program history and fourth active Lady Flame with 100 career runs scored.

Up Next
Liberty returns to Virginia for its next five games. The Lady Flames will host Virginia on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium, before playing at James Madison, Wednesday at 6 p.m.