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Lady Flames to Take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Wednesday
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The Liberty softball team (6-37) takes a quick break from conference play, heading to Blacksburg, Va., to take on ACC opponent Virginia Tech (27-16) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Tech Softball Park. The Lady Flames will look to snap a 10-game winless streak, while the Hokies have won eight in a row, putting them in third place in the ACC at present.
Virginia Tech has won each of the last 14 meetings between these two programs, and the Hokies hold a 31-11 record in the all-time series. Liberty swept a doubleheader at then No. 24 Virginia Tech, May 4, 2006.
Lady Flames at a Glance
The Lady Flames honored their five seniors - Alyssa DiMartino, Grace Nordan, Marybeth Sciolino, Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny - with a pregame ceremony prior to their game on Saturday against Gardner-Webb. This past weekend, DiMartino pitched two complete games, Nordan and Zavodny both homered, and Sciolino hit 5-for-8.
Zavodny hits .339 with 29 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. On Friday, Zavodny became the second player in Big South history with 100 or more career steals. Hanna Nichols bats .305, while Sciolino hits .288. Megan Robinson (.276) leads the team with seven homers and a .524 slugging percentage. Kelby Allen (.260) has hit six doubles and six homers, totaling 25 RBIs, while Blair Lawrence (.260) has 12 steals.
DiMartino leads the team in wins (3) and ERA (6.16). Sophomore RHP Annah Jo Brittingham (2-18) has posted a team-best two saves. Nordan earned her first pitching win of the season, March 22 versus N.C. Central.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow Wednesday's game at Virginia Tech through live stats. Live stats can be accessed through the Live Stats link on LibertyFlames.com. Live audio will be available through Virginia Tech's HokiesXtra app.
Liberty vs. Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech leads, 31-11) Current Series Streak: VT W14
Virginia Tech (27-16, 16-6 ACC) has won eight games in a row, sweeping series from Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Virginia. The Hokies are currently third in the ACC standings. Maggie Tyler, named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Monday, is 13-5 with a 3.01 ERA, while Kelly Heinz (14-11) has posted a 3.72 ERA. Kylie McGoldrick bats .358 with nine doubles and eight homers, while Katey Smith (.306) leads the team with 10 doubles and 33 RBIs. Amanda Ake (.282) is tied for the team lead with eight home runs, while Vanessa Gonzalez (.342) and Logan Spaw (.340) both bat over .300.
The Lady Flames and Hokies have met 42 times in a series that dates back to 1996, with Virginia Tech leading, 31-11. The Hokies have won the last 14 meetings since Liberty swept a doubleheader from the No. 24 Hokies in Blacksburg, May 4, 2006. The one constant on Liberty's non-conference schedule since 1996 has been Virginia Tech, as the Lady Flames and Hokies have met at least once per season during that span.
Liberty vs. Virginia Tech - 2013 Recap
Virginia Tech swept the Lady Flames in a doubleheader, April 30, 2013 at Liberty Softball Field, as the Lady Flames finished up the regular-season schedule at home.
Liberty led, 1-0, going into the fourth inning of game one, before the Hokies scored 11 unanswered runs on the way to an 11-1, five-inning victory.
The Hokies struck for three runs in the seventh inning to pick up a come-from-behind, 4-2, win in the second game. Liberty's Katie Zavodny stole her program-record 41st base during the game, while Kassidy McCoy hit her third home run of the season.
The Lady Flames are in the midst of 15 straight games in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The last time Liberty played 15 consecutive contests in Virginia came April 14 through 28, 2010. During that stretch, the team played nine home games, and doubleheaders at Norfolk State, Hampton and Virginia Tech, going 12-3.
Quick Conference Report
The Lady Flames are three-fourths of the way through the Big South season, with weekend series against Winthrop and Presbyterian College remaining.
Katie Zavodny bats .339 with a team-high eight runs scored during conference play. Marybeth Sciolino is next, at .321. Megan Robinson (.283) leads the team in doubles (5), homers (4), RBIs (13) and slugging percentage (.604). Blair Lawrence (.273) has stolen five bases in league play. Grace Nordan hits .269 with two doubles, while Hanna Nichols hits .265. Kelby Allen has three homers and 10 RBIs against Big South opponents.
Over the last five games, Liberty is batting .282, scoring an average of five runs per game. During that span, Marybeth Sciolino (.545), Grace Nordan (.444), Hanna Nichols (.357), Blair Lawrence (.357) and Katie Zavodny (.333) all bat .300 or better.
Liberty honored its five seniors with a pregame ceremony on Saturday.
On Friday, Marybeth Sciolino batted 5-for-5 over the span of two games against Gardner-Webb. She batted 3-for-3 during game one, good for her first career three-hit game, and added a 2-for-2 performance in the nightcap.
Katie Zavodny hit her first career over-the-fence home run on Friday, and then went 3-for-5 during game two, stealing two bases and driving in two runs.
Grace Nordan hit her first homer of the season in game one versus the Runnin' Bulldogs, batting 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Alyssa DiMartino threw a pair of complete games on the weekend, fanning a season-high four batters in a 6-5 loss on Friday.
Sammi Shivock was hit by a pitch twice during the series.
Another 100 Club
With her two stolen bases on Friday, Katie Zavodny became just the second player in Big South history with 100 career steals. She trails just one player, as Jessica Falca of Coastal Carolina (1996-99) holds the Big South record with 196. Zavodny is ranked 10th among all active NCAA Division I players in career stolen bases.
Kelby Allen hit a home run in both games of Friday's doubleheader against Gardner-Webb. It marked the first time this season that any Lady Flame had hit a home run in back-to-back games.
With 20 career homers, Allen is just two away from entering Liberty's all-time top 10 in career home runs.
Blazing the Basepaths
With 65 stolen bases so far this season, the Lady Flames have already tied for the fourth most steals in a single season in program history. The last time Liberty had 65 stolen bases was in 1999. The program record for stolen bases is 93, set in 1996, while the 1994 team swiped 92 bags and the Lady Flames totaled 87 steals in 1979.
It has been a team effort, as 11 different players have posted at least one stolen base. Katie Zavodny leads with 21 steals, followed by Blair Lawrence with 12. Marybeth Sciolino has stolen seven bases, and Megan Robinson and Grace Nordan have five each.
Top 10 Listing
Seniors Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny both rank in the top 10 in program history in four different career categories.
Zavodny is Liberty's career leader in stolen bases (100), while ranking third in runs (123), sixth in hits (195) and tied for 10th in triples (4). She needs two more hits to pass Ashley Williams (2005-07) into fifth all-time at Liberty.
Shivock is ranked fifth in career homers (26), seventh in both runs scored (111) and RBIs (108) and tied for ninth in walks (52).
Alyssa DiMartino and Annah Jo Brittingham are tied for ninth all-time at Liberty with two career saves, while Chandler Ball is rated 10th with 207 career strikeouts.