L-R: Julia DiMartino and Amber Bishop earned Big South weekly awards, announced on Monday.
Big South Release For their efforts during Liberty's 4-0 week, sophomore second baseman Amber Bishop and junior pitcher Julia DiMartino have been honored with Big South weekly awards, as announced today.
Bishop was named Big South Player of the Week, her second career Player of the Week honor. She joins her twin sister, Autumn, who was named back-to-back Player of the Week, March 26 and April 2. DiMartino earned her third Big South Pitcher of the Week award this season, and program-record seventh for her career. This is the second year in a row, and third time in program history, that three different Lady Flames have been named Big South Pitcher of the Week in the same season, as Chase Cassady and Elizabeth Engler have been honored as well.
A native of Murrieta, Calif., Amber Bishop had a dominant week at the plate, going 6-for-12 (.500) with one double, three homers, five runs scored, four RBI, a 1.333 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage. She became the first Liberty player since 2012 (Meredith Crisante) to homer in three straight games.
Bishop opened the week with a blast, as she went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, one RBI and one run scored in a 6-3, comeback victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday. She batted 2-for-3 with a homer, one RBI and two runs scored as Liberty beat CSU, 5-0, on Friday. For the second time in three games, she hit a first-inning homer to get the Lady Flames on the board in a 5-2, game-one win on Saturday. She finished off the week with an RBI single in Saturday's series finale.
Hailing from Brockport, N.Y., DiMartino pitched lights-out during a 4-0 week, going 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, one shutout, one save, 23 strikeouts, two walks and a .175 opponents' batting average in 17 2/3 innings pitched. She pushed her personal shutout streak to 28 2/3 innings, and also went over 20 wins for the second straight season.
On Tuesday, she pitched the final five innings in relief, as Liberty rallied for a 6-3 win over Virginia Tech. She struck out eight against just one walk, allowing five hits. She tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday, striking out seven in a 5-0 win over Charleston Southern. DiMartino allowed one runner past second base. She came on with one on and nobody out in the top of the sixth inning during Saturday's first game, retiring all six batters she faced to nail down her conference-leading and program-record sixth save of the season. DiMartino earned another relief victory, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's series finale against CSU.
For the season, DiMartino leads the Big South in eight statistical categories.
Big South-leading Liberty (36-12, 15-3 Big South), currently riding a six-game winning streak and 12-game home winning streak, hosts North Carolina on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before heading to Hampton on Thursday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
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