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Johnson Tosses Perfect Game in 13-0 Win Over Texas Southern

March 6, 2020  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Megan Johnson tossed the fifth perfect game in program history.

Megan Johnson tossed the fifth perfect game in program history.

Liberty junior Megan Johnson pitched the fifth perfect game in program history during a 13-0, five-inning victory over Texas Southern on Friday at McCombs Field.

The Lady Flames (8-11) earned their seventh win in a row, their second consecutive shutout. Texas Southern fell to 8-11 on the season including 1-1 at the Longhorn Invitational.

Johnson became the first Lady Flames since Julia DiMartino against Princeton on Feb. 24, 2019 to pitch a perfect game. She needed just 39 pitches to retire all 15 batters she faced. Madison Via made a running catch in right for the final out to seal the perfect game.

Scoring Summary
Liberty – 1st INNING – Hudson reach on an error, Amber Bishop advances, Canetto scores, 1-0

Liberty – 1st INNING – Autumn Bishop singles, Hudson advances, Amber Bishop scores, 2-0

Liberty – 2nd INNING – Channell singles, Via scores, 3-0

Liberty – 2nd INNING – Amber Bishop singles, Gibson advances, Channell scores, 4-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Channell singles, advances, Via advances, Autumn Bishop and Griffin score, 6-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Gibson singles, Channell advances, Via score, 7-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Canetto singles, Gibson advances, Channell scores, 8-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Amber Bishop singles, Canetto advances, Gibson scores, 9-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Hudson singles, Amber Bishop advances, Canetto scores, 10-0

Liberty – 3rd INNING – Sweat flies out, sacrifice fly, Hudson and Autumn Bishop advance, Amber Bishop scores, 11-0

Liberty – 4th INNING – Harris flies out, sacrifice fly, Thompson scores, 12-0

Liberty – 4th INNING – Canetto singles, Channell scores, 13-0

Notable Numbers
- Liberty recorded 16 hits, including 15 singles and one double, stealing a season-high five bases. The Tigers registered three errors. The Lady Flames tied a program single-game record with two sacrifice flies.

- Megan Johnson (4-3) tossed her second straight shutout, running her consecutive scoreless innings streak to 13 2/3 innings. She totaled three strikeouts.   

- Jazmine Gendorf (2-3) drew the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in two innings pitched before yielding to relievers Malea Rodriguez and Chelsea Baxter.

- Savannah Channell went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scores, while Amber Bishop batted 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kara Canetto went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Autumn Bishop and Madison Via both went 2-for-2.  

Turning Point
- Liberty scored two runs in both the first and second innings before erupting for seven runs on seven hits in the third.  

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty leads the all-time series 1-0 against Texas Southern.

- This was the 19th time Liberty has pitched a complete game without allowing a single hit. The last no-hitter for the team was Feb. 28, 2019, a four-pitcher combined no-hitter against Quinnipiac.

- Channell is the second Liberty freshman with a three-hit game this season, joining Caroline Hudson, who had three hits against No. 1 Washington on Feb. 14.

- Amber Bishop and Canetto both recorded their team-high-tying third three-hit game of the season. Canetto recorded three hits for the second game in a row.

- Via is now in sole possession of ninth place in program history with 43 career stolen bases, passing former teammate Jasmeen Click (2016-19) today.