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Liberty Caps Sweep of Runnin' Bulldogs, Takes Finale, 2-0

April 15, 2017  Boiling Springs, N.C.  RSS
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Jasmeen Click went 2-for-2 on Saturday against Gardner-Webb.

Jasmeen Click went 2-for-2 on Saturday against Gardner-Webb.

Liberty tied a program record with its 12th straight win, capping a three-game sweep of Gardner-Webb with a 2-0 victory, Saturday at Brinkley Softball Stadium.

With the win, Liberty's 12th in a row, the conference-leading Lady Flames improve to 31-16, 13-2 in Big South play. Liberty's 12-game winning streak ties a program record, set from March 10-21, 2010. Gardner-Webb falls to 12-28, 5-10 in conference games.

Liberty tossed its seventh shutout in its last eight games, and 12th on the season, a combined two-hit effort by starter Chase Cassady and reliever Julia DiMartino. DiMartino (13-6) earned the win, allowing two hits while walking one in 3 2/3 innings. Cassady pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball, striking out two and walking two.

Ashley Wark (5-5) drew the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking two in a complete-game effort.

Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, extending her hitting streak to 10 games. Jasmeen Click went 2-for-3, while Tori Zavodny doubled and scored and Deidra See drove in one run.

Megan Champion and Madi Lewis both recorded one hit for Gardner-Webb.

The Runnin' Bulldogs threatened to score in the bottom of the first. Kaylee Wacaster drew a leadoff walk, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Alia Booth reached on an error with two outs, before Cassady got Callie Thornton to pop out to third.

Following a scoreless second frame, Click singled on the infield with two outs in the third inning, giving Liberty its first hit of the game. However, she was erased at second, caught stealing.

Zavodny ripped a leadoff double into the right-field corner to start the fourth stanza. After one out, Taylor dropped a single into center, and Zavodny slid under the catcher's tag for a 1-0 lead. Wark limited the damage, getting Jaclyn Amader and Deidra See to fly out.

Cassady retired eight straight batters, spanning the first through fourth innings. Booth drew a one-out walk in the fourth, before Cassady hit Thornton. DiMartino then came on in relief of Cassady. Champion lined a single to left, loading the bases and breaking up the no-hit bid. DiMartino kept the lead intact, getting Warley to ground into an inning-ending 5-3 double play.

Hoffman led off the fifth with an infield single. Kaitlin McFarland sent her to second with a sacrifice bunt, but Wark got the next two hitters to ground out.

Liberty added an insurance run with a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. Taylor singled to right and Amader drew a walk. See then sent an RBI single up the middle, plating Taylor and sending Amader to third. Taylor Hoffman grounded to third for the final out.

The Lady Flames nearly expanded their lead in the seventh inning. After two outs, Click singled and Zavodny drew a walk. Robertson hit a grounder to third, that third baseman Thornton made a nice play on to end the rally.

Gardner-Webb brought the tying run to the plate, as Madi Lewis singled with two outs in the last of the seventh. Barrick then grounded out to short, ending the 2-0 victory for Liberty.

Liberty returns home for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, hosting Virginia Tech at Liberty Softball Stadium. Game one of Tuesday's twin bill is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.