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Lady Flames Wrap Up Series Sweep, 8-1 at PC

March 24, 2018  Clinton, S.C.  RSS
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Deidra See went 4-for-4 with a home run at Presbyterian, Saturday.

Deidra See went 4-for-4 with a home run at Presbyterian, Saturday.

Liberty closed out a series sweep of Presbyterian, taking game three, 8-1, on Saturday at PC Softball Complex.

For the first time in program history, Liberty (25-8) has started conference play at 6-0, with back-to-back three-game sweeps. The previous program record longest winning streak to begin Big South play was five, as the Lady Flames started 5-0 in 1999, 2006, 2016 and 2017. Presbyterian falls to 2-26, including 0-6 in Big South games. Liberty outscored the Blue Hose, 24-3, this weekend.

Liberty outhit PC, 14-2. Both teams registered two errors.

Julia DiMartino (15-5) earned the win, her second victory of the series. She allowed one run on two hits, striking out six and walking two.

PC's Alex Cook (0-8) drew the loss, giving up seven runs, three earned, on 12 hits and walking two in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Kaylee Allen pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits.

Deidra See went 4-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Alexia Taylor batted 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run, becoming the seventh player in program history with 200 career hits. Autumn Bishop batted 2-for-3 with one RBI. She is the seventh player in program history to reach 100 career hits as a sophomore. Amber Bishop hit 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.

PC's Megan Anderson went 1-for-3 with her first home run of the season, one RBI and one run scored.

Liberty jumped ahead in the second inning. Jaclyn Amader walked to begin the inning and See followed by singling to left. Taylor Hoffman put Liberty on the board with a one-out RBI single to left. An error allowed Jasmeen Click to reach first, loading the bases. Autumn Bishop made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to left and Amber Bishop then sent an RBI single to left field for a 3-0 Lady Flames advantage.

See and Madison Via hit back-to-back two-out singles in the top of the third, but Cook got the third out on a grounder the third base.

Click dropped a leadoff single into left during the fourth inning. Autumn Bishop then bunted for a base hit, extending her hitting streak to 14 games. Click got thrown out trying to steal third, and Autumn Bishop went to second. With two outs, Taylor sent a sinking liner into center field that was ticketed for an RBI single, but center fielder Courtney White robbed her with a diving catch.

DiMartino retired seven straight batters, spanning the first through third innings. However, Anderson broke up the shutout bid with a leadoff solo home run to left in the fourth. Hailey Caswell reached on an error with one out, but DiMartino set down the next two batters.

Back-to-back singles by Amader and See gave Liberty two one-out baserunners in the fifth. A groundout sent both runners ahead one base before Cook induced an inning-ending groundout.

Jonnie Petree reached on an error with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. She then stole second, but a groundout brought the inning to a close.

An error and an Amber Bishop single gave Liberty two runners with one out in the sixth. Taylor came through with an RBI single to right, making it 4-1. Sarah Robertson lined a two-run double into left-center field, boosting Liberty's lead to 6-1. Allen then came on in relief of Cook. See made it 8-1 with a two-out, two-run home run to left.

DiMartino struck out two batters during a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the victory.

Liberty returns home for its next four games. The Lady Flames will welcome Gardner-Webb to Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium for a three-game Big South series, Friday and Saturday, with the first game of the series set for 6 p.m. on Friday.