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Lady Flames Drop Tight, 4-2 Game to Hokies
The Liberty softball team was three outs away from downing Virginia Tech, but the Hokies struck for three runs in the seventh, for a 4-2, come-from-behind victory during game two on Tuesday.
The Hokies improve to 33-16 on the season after posting two victories over the Lady Flames, Tuesday. Liberty concludes its regular season with a 19-35 record, after falling for the 14th straight game.
During Tuesday's doubleheader, the Lady Flames raised funds and awareness for the End It Movement, to help stop modern-day salvery.
Hokie Kelly Heinz (15-6) pitched the final three innings of one-hit softball, striking out four. Virginia Tech starter Maggie Tyler was lifted after allowing two runs on two hits, with three strikeouts over the first four innings.
Chandler Ball (8-16) drew the tough-luck loss for Liberty, holding Virginia Tech to one run on four hits over the first six innings, before allowing three runs on three hits in the seventh.
Hokies second baseman Kylie McGoldrick and third baseman Dani Anderson both recorded two hits, with McGoldrick homering, while shortstop Bkaye Smith hit a two-run double.
Liberty third baseman Kassidy McCoy batted 1-for-3, hitting her third home run of the season, while center fielder Katie Zavodny singled and stole her 41st base of the year.
For the second game in a row, the Lady Flames plated a first-inning tally. Zavodny drew a leadoff walk, then swiped second base. After a sacrifice bunt by Jill Stephens, Zavodny scored on a squeeze bunt by Sammi Shivock for a 1-0 Liberty lead.
The Hokies evened the score during the top of the second. McGoldrick hit a leadoff single, and advanced to second on a throwing error. A groundout sent McGoldrick to third, and then Anderson singled to left field to plate Virginia Tech's first run. Ball got left fielder Amanda Ake to line into a double play, ending the Hokies' at bat.
After a leadoff walk to Hanna Nichols in the bottom of the second, Virginia Tech pitcher Tyler retired the next six batters she faced. Not to be outdone, Liberty's Ball pitched a 1-2-3 fourth and received a 4-3 double play during a three-batter fifth frame.
McCoy slammed a homer to left field to open the bottom of the fifth. Liberty's first hit of the game gave the host a 2-1 advantage. Robinson followed with a single, prompting Heinz to enter the circle in relief of Tyler. Zavodny singled to left, putting runners on the corners with one out. However, Liberty's attempted squeeze play went awry, as Stephens' bunt was caught, resulting in an inning-ending double play.
Ball worked around a one-out double by Lauren Gaskill in the sixth inning, maintaining the one-run edge. Heinz then retired the side on a lineout and two strikeouts.
McGoldrick tied the game with a solo shot to open the seventh frame. Anderson was hit by a pitch, and Ake followed with a single to right. Ball struck out Rose for the second out, but Smith laced a two-run double to left center to give the Hokies a 4-2 lead.
Heinz struck out the final two batters during a 1-2-3 Liberty seventh inning, completing the comeback for Virginia Tech.
With today's games, the Lady Flames have concluded their 2013 regular-season schedule, and will await seeding for the 2013 Big South Softball Championship. The conference tournament will be held from May 9-12 at Winthrop's Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C. Official tournament seeding will be released following the conclusion of conference play on Sunday.