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Liberty Tosses 3rd Straight Shutout, Blanking Hampton, 3-0

April 26, 2018  Hampton, Va.  RSS
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Emily Kirby pitched a three-hit shutout at Hampton on Thursday.

Emily Kirby pitched a three-hit shutout at Hampton on Thursday.

Liberty freshman Emily Kirby tossed her first career shutout, a three-hitter, and the Lady Flames scored three early runs on the way to a 3-0, game-two victory at Hampton, Thursday.

Liberty (39-12) swept today's doubleheader, running its winning streak to nine games after a pair of shutouts against Hampton (19-22). The Lady Flames have tied the 1999 Liberty team for the most regular-season wins in a single season in program history.

Kirby (2-1) allowed just three hits, walking one and striking out three. Liberty has pitched three straight shutouts, giving the Lady Flames 15 shutouts for the season. This is the third time in program history, and first since April 1999 (Amy Csider, Katie Phillips and Leslie Inge), that Liberty has gotten complete-game shutouts from three different pitchers in a three-game span.          

Hampton's Allie Hotetz (8-10) drew the loss, allowing three runs on 10 hits, striking out one.

Autumn Bishop batted 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored. She has tied Shannon Tanski's (1996) single-season program record with 21 doubles this year. Sarah Robertson and Amber Bishop both doubled during 2-for-4 games, while Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Liberty struck quickly in the top of the first, as back-to-back doubles by the Bishop twins produced a 1-0 lead with no outs. Robertson lined a one-out RBI single up the middle to give the Lady Flames a 2-0 edge, but Hotetz got out of the inning without further damage.

The Lady Flames added to their total in the top of the second. Taylor hit an infield single to lead off the second, and Autumn Bishop lined a one-out RBI double to left center for a 3-0 advantage. Hotetz got out of the jam with a flyout and a fielder's choice.

Hampton got its first baserunners in the bottom of the third, as Camille King walked with one out and Lorena Alvarez singled to left field. However, Kirby got the next two batters on a strikeout and groundout.

Amber Bishop led off the fifth with a sharp single to left. Jaclyn Amader then put down a sacrifice bunt, sending Bishop to second base. A pair of flyouts ended the rally.

Autumn Bishop lined a single inside the first-base bag to open the seventh. After two outs, Robertson roped a double to left, before Deidra See popped out for the third out.

Kial Watts singled up the middle to begin the home half of the seventh. Taylor Warrick then doubled, but  she was thrown out in a rundown between second and third. Kirby shut the door, retiring the final two batters.

After taking a weekend off, the Lady Flames will play their final five regular-season games next week at home. Liberty hosts Virginia in a doubleheader on Tuesday, beginning at 4 p.m.