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North Alabama Edges Liberty 1-0 in Series Opener

April 27, 2019  Florence, Ala.  RSS
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Deidra See went 1-for-2 in Saturday's game at North Alabama.

Deidra See went 1-for-2 in Saturday's game at North Alabama.

In a game that featured two conference newcomers, North Alabama edged the visiting Liberty Lady Flames 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Hilda B. Anderson Softball Complex.

North Alabama improves to 22-17, 7-9 in ASUN play with the victory in the first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Lions. Liberty falls to 34-17, including 15-4 in conference games. Today's loss snapped a program-record 12-game conference winning streak for Liberty which started March 30 at FGCU.  

Scoring Summary
NORTH ALABAMA – 2nd INNING – Harper flies out to right, sac fly, de Ruiter advances, Brown scores, 1-0

Notable Numbers
- UNA outhit Liberty 5-3 for the game. The Lions left five on base, compared to three for the Lady Flames.

- Megan Garst (13-5) entered the game with the best ERA in the ASUN, at 0.95. She pitched a three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking one.   

- Liberty starter Julia DiMartino (17-8) drew the tough-luck loss, allowing one run on five hits, striking out one and walking one. DiMartino carried the ASUN's second best ERA into this weekend, 1.15.

- Five different Lions had one hit each, while Lexie Harper's sac fly provided the game's only run.

- Amber Bishop went 1-for-3 with a double, while Sarah Robertson and Deidra See had one hit each.

Turning Point
- Both teams got runners in scoring position in the first inning but were unable to cash in.    

- North Alabama manufactured the game's only run in the second. Jensen Strickland and Danielle de Ruiter had back-to-back hits to lead off. A sacrifice bunt sent both runners up before Harper's sac fly made it 1-0.

- Liberty threatened in the top of the seventh, as Robertson hit a one-out single. However, she was caught stealing. Alexis Erich drew a walk before pinch hitter Emily Sweat flied out to left to end the game.

Beyond the Box Score
- Jaclyn Amader (21 games) and Autumn Bishop (14 games) both saw extended reached-base streaks end.

- Liberty is 28-7 in the Eastern Time Zone this season, and 6-10 in games played in any other time zone.  

- The Lady Flames are now 3-10 in one-run games this season, with five of those losses coming by 1-0 scores. 

- Amber Bishop's 14th double of the season moved her into a tie for sixth in program history (Amanda Maska, 2002-04) with 46 career doubles.

- Liberty entered the game as one of 11 teams in NCAA Division I college softball with active conference winning streaks of 12 or more games.