Julia DiMartino tossed a no-hitter against Gardner-Webb, Friday.
Julia DiMartino tossed her second career no-hitter, and Kassidy McCoy's RBI single provided all of the offense in a 1-0 Liberty win over Gardner-Webb, Friday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
With the win, Liberty improves to 28-26, including 14-8 in Big South play. The Lady Flames' 14 Big South wins are the most conference victories in a single season in program history, surpassing the previous mark of 13, set in 2010. Gardner-Webb falls to 18-30, 4-15 in conference play following its ninth consecutive loss.
Liberty has now thrown 10 shutouts this season, its most since the 2010 campaign.
DiMartino (16-11) pitched her second career no-hitter, and 16th in program history, facing just one batter over the minimum. She struck out nine and walked just one. DiMartino has tied Leslie Inge's (1997) freshman record of 16 wins, and set a new program freshman record with six shutouts. She is the fourth Lady Flame all-time with two no-hitters in a single season, and first since Terra Lowe in 2007.
Despite allowing just one hit, Summer Darnell (5-7) sustained the loss. She yielded one run on one hit, walking five in the complete-game effort.
McCoy went 1-for-2 with one RBI, while Deidra See drew a walk and scored the lone run of the game.
Callie Thornton was the Runnin' Bulldogs' only baserunner, drawing a walk.
The Lady Flames got on the scoreboard with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, taking a 1-0 lead. See and Katie Han received back-to-back walks, before McCoy singled up the middle, making it 1-0, Lady Flames. McCoy was thrown out trying to take second on the play.
DiMartino fanned three Runnin' Bulldogs in the third, working around a walk to Thornton while keeping the no-hitter in order.
Liberty drew a pair of walks in the third, but both Cassie Gingerich and Sarah Robertson were caught stealing.
Neither team threatened to score from the fourth inning on, as a sixth-inning walk to Robertson was the only time during the last four frames that either team put anyone on base.
DiMartino retired the last 13 batters she faced, striking out Scarlett Harris to wrap up her second no-hitter of the season, and first since Feb. 13 versus Stetson.