RADFORD, Va. -- Radford took game one of a doubleheader from Liberty 12-0 on Tuesday at RU Softball Field, hitting four home runs while also holding the Lady Flames to one hit.
The Highlanders (13-19, 7-3 Big South) tossed their fourth consecutive shutout. The Lady Flames are now 6-32, with a 1-12 Big South mark, after sustaining their fifth setback in a row.
Radford left-hander Rachael Walters pitched the first four innings, allowing one base hit while striking out four batters. Stephanie Dameron came on for one inning of no-hit relief.
Alyssa DiMartino (3-11) yielded 12 runs on 14 hits, striking out three Highlanders and walking one in four innings pitched. Radford’s Becky Mantel went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, while Whitney Davis, Casey Burns, Summer Robinson and Kayla Bishton all went 2-for-3. Jessie Hutchens and Mackenzie Blackwell both hit one home run. Katie Zavodny went 1-for-2 for the Lady Flames, recording her second double of the season.
Mantel hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, and Nia Chiles followed with a single to left. Chiles stole second, and went to third on a groundout. Davis then grounded to short, scoring Chiles for a 2-0 Radford advantage.
The Lady Flames and Highlanders both went in order during the second stanza.
During the bottom of the third, the Highlanders scored seven runs on seven hits, beginning with a solo home run by Mantel. Hutchens hit a two-run blast, and Burns recorded an RBI single. Blackwell made it 9-0 with a three-run home run, her first of the season.
Zavodny gave Liberty its first hit of the game, doubling to left field as the leadoff batter in the fourth frame. A Kelby Allen groundout sent Zavodny to third with two outs, before Nichols grounded to third to bring the top of the inning to a close.
Radford added three runs during the bottom of the fourth, on RBI singles from Bishton, Robinson and Mantel. The Highlanders left the bases loaded at the end of the inning when DiMartino struck Chiles out.
Dameron worked around an error in the fifth, getting the final three outs to finish out the 12-0, five-inning shutout.