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Virginia Tech Downs Liberty, 11-1
Liberty held a 1-0 lead over the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies going into the fourth inning, before the visitors scored 11 unanswered runs on the way to an 11-1, five-inning victory over the Lady Flames on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech improves to 32-16 on the season, while the Lady Flames fall to 19-34, with their 13th consecutive setback.
During Tuesday's doubleheader, the Lady Flames raised funds and awareness for the End It Movement, to help stop modern-day salvery.
Jasmin Harrell (15-7) allowed one run on three hits, striking out four in going the distance.
Liberty's Chandler Ball (8-15) drew the loss after yielding six runs on four hits and allowing nine free passes in four innings of work. Annah Jo Brittingham gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits during one inning pitched.
Hokies third baseman Dani Anderson went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while left fielder Amanda Ake went 2-for-3 and doubled. Hokie shortstop Bkaye Smith drove in five runs, including connecting for a grand slam.
Amber Donovan batted 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Lady Flames. Katie Zavodny singled and scored Liberty's lone run.
Liberty manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Zavodny led off with an infield single, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jill Stephens. After a walk to Sammi Shivock, Donovan sent a single to right, plating Zavodny. Harrell then retired the final two Lady Flames, ending the threat.
Following a 1-2-3 Liberty second inning, Virginia Tech loaded the bases on three walks during the top of the third. But, Ball escaped the inning when first baseman Bailey Liddle lined out to center for the third out.
The Hokies gained the lead in the top of the fourth. Anderson singled to lead off the frame, and a double by Ake placed runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch scored Anderson with the first run of the inning. Ake crossed the plate on Smith's groundout, giving Virginia Tech a 2-1 edge.
Donovan hit a leadoff double to start the Lady Flames' fourth at bat. However, Harrell then retired the next three batters, on two strikeouts and a flyout to strand the runner.
Virginia Tech scored nine runs during the fifth, putting the game out of reach. A single and three walks pushed the Hokies' third run of the game across. Brittingham then entered the circle, and walked in another run. Following an RBI single by Ake, Smith hit a grand slam to boost the visitors' lead to 9-1. After an error extended the inning, Anderson came through with a two-run single.
Facing a nine-run deficit, the Lady Flames went in order in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Hokies sealed their 11-1, five-inning victory.