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Lady Flames Blank Hampton, 7-0

April 4, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Julia DiMartino pitched a four-hit shutout on Tuesday against Hampton.

Julia DiMartino pitched a four-hit shutout on Tuesday against Hampton.

Liberty received a four-hit shutout from Julia DiMartino, as the Lady Flames downed Hampton, 7-0, during game one of a doubleheader, Tuesday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.

The Lady Flames improve to 22-16 after winning their third straight game. Hampton falls to 8-14 on the season. The Lady Pirates committed three errors, leading to five unearned runs.

DiMartino (8-6) went the distance, allowing just four hits in her second shutout of the season and ninth of her career. She struck out a season-high 11 batters, while walking none.

Allyson Babinsack (5-10) drew the loss, allowing seven runs (two earned) on eight hits, walking three in the complete-game effort.

Kaitlin McFarland batted 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored, while Jasmeen Click batted 2-for-3, scored twice and stole two bases. Tori Zavodny drove in two runs for the Lady Flames.

Four different Lady Pirates recorded one hit apiece.

DiMartino fanned two batters in each of the first five innings, keeping the Hampton batters off balance. Ashley Grassini hit a two-out double in the top of the first, becoming the only Lady Pirate to reach second base in the first four frames.

Liberty jumped ahead with a four-run third inning, taking advantage of two Hampton errors. McFarland hit a leadoff single, and an error on a fielder's choice sent her to second. With one out, Click and Amber Bishop stole second and third, respectively. After Robertson was hit by a pitch, Zavodny sent a sac fly to center for a 1-0 lead. Alexia Taylor, Emily Sweat and Jaclyn Amader all followed with two-out RBI singles, boosting the lead to 4-0.

The Lady Flames tacked on two more runs in the fourth. McFarland drew a leadoff walk before Click singled to left. Robertson hit a one-out RBI single to center. Click later scored on a groundout by Zavodny to make it 6-0, Lady Flames.

Hampton had its best scoring opportunity in the fifth inning, as an error and a fielder's choice gave the Lady Pirates two runners on with nobody out. However, after a fielder's choice, DiMartino struck out the final two batters to keep Hampton scoreless.

Amader walked with one out in the fifth inning before going to second on a groundout. McFarland then beat out a bunt single, with an alert Amader scampering home from second with Liberty's seventh run.

Daniella Milloy hit a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, but the Hampton rally quickly ended. Jada Fields hit into a fielder's choice, and Lorena Alvarez grounded into a game-ending double play.