CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to spark a rally at the plate and was shutout in the conference opener by Liberty, 12-0, on Friday afternoon at CSU Softball Field.
Power hitter sisters Amber and Autumn Bishop led Liberty (14-12, 1-0) with the freshman duo combining for seven RBI. Amber knocked in a game-high six runs, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs in the contest, while Autumn went a perfect 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Alexia Taylor added a home run, recording a hit in all but one of her four at-bats to finish the day with two RBI. Sarah Robertson, Emily Sweat and Taylor Hoffman rounded out the Flames' win with one RBI apiece.
Julia DiMartino (3-4) went the distance for Liberty in the circle, pitching for five strikeouts and five hits through five frames. Cheyenne Gandara (3-7) suffered the loss for the Bucs in the circle going 2.1 innings allowing six hits and six runs (five earned).
Five Bucs recorded singles in the contest while Stevi Johnson reached base twice with a single and a walk in the contest. Amanda Matsumoto, Jade Gandara, Stephanie Bergmann, and Georgi DeLio all singled against DiMartino in the loss.
After two scoreless innings, the Flames got their bats going in the top of the third. Autumn Bishop started things off with a double up the middle and scored after her sister, Amber, singled to left field. Taylor connected on a home run to bring in two more runs and the Flames finished the top of the inning with the 6-0 lead.
The Buccaneers (11-19, 0-1) were unable to get a rally going in the bottom of the inning and were held to just three hits for the remainder of the game as the Flames added six more runs over the final two innings.
Charleston Southern will get another shot at Liberty tomorrow as they finish their series with the Flames in a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at CSU Softball Field.