LIBERTY 13, BYU 3
Liberty kicked off its season with an offensive burst fueled by BYU errors, and pitcher Julia DiMartino locked it down in the circle in the Flames’ first game of the 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Liberty scored three unearned runs in the first inning and looked ready for more before a controversial call at the plate led to an inning-ending double play. In the third, however, another error brought in a run, and Jaclyn Amader sent the advantage to 6-0 with a two-run single. Amader finished the day with four hits.
DiMartino (29-8 last year with a 1.72 ERA) went six innings, allowing three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Amber Bishop drilled a solo home run for Liberty in the fourth inning; she hit 11 homers last season.
Pinch-hitter Ashley Godfrey put the Cougars (1-2) on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. It was the third career home run for the senior. Liberty’s Autumn Bishop had three hits on the day, the last one coming in the sixth and driving in freshman Kara Canetto, who had doubled to start the inning.
The Flames reached double digits in the seventh, on senior Sarah Robertson’s two-run home run. In that inning, Liberty scored five times on six hits.