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Virginia Tops Liberty, 3-1
Virginia held off the visiting Liberty Lady Flames, 3-1, in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday at The Park.
The Cavaliers improve to 7-40 on the season heading into Wednesday's second contest, while the Lady Flames fall to 7-41 with the game-one setback.
Virginia's Aimee Chapdelaine (7-35) won the pitchers' duel, tossing a complete-game five-hitter while allowing just one run.
Alyssa DiMartino (3-17) drew the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on just six hits during a complete game.
Karli Johnson batted 2-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI for the Cavaliers. Heidi Velk and Megan Harris both registered a double.
Five different Lady Flames recorded one hit apiece, with Katie Zavodny scoring Liberty's lone run. Megan Robinson, Kelby Allen, Hanna Nichols and Katie Han all singled.
Velk led off the bottom of the first with a double down the line in right. However, she was caught stealing for the first out, and DiMartino retired the next two batters in a row to send the scoreless game to the second inning.
Chapdelaine and DiMartino both set down the opponents in order during the second inning, keeping the game scoreless through two frames.
The Cavaliers struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the third stanza. Johnson and Marcy Bowdren both singled, and Johnson scored when Velk reached on a throwing error. Virginia made it 2-0 via an RBI groundout by Hughes, before a Katie Park groundout ended the inning.
Virginia extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. Lindsay Mayer drew a leadoff walk, and Harris sent her to third with a double. Johnson plated Mayer with a single to left, but was erased trying to stretch it into a double.
Nichols hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth, giving Liberty its first hit of the game. Blair Lawrence then reached on an error, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Chapdelaine escaped the damage, retiring the next three Lady Flames via groundout, strikeout and flyout.
Zavodny singled with one out in the sixth frame, going to second on a throwing error. Robinson sent her to third with an infield single. Zavodny scored from third when Robinson was caught attempting to steal second. Allen singled to center, and Nichols lined out to third for the final out.
DiMartino worked around a sixth-inning leadoff single by Park, who made it to third with two outs. Harris grounded out to third, bringing Liberty up to bat for the final time.
A Han single after one out started Liberty's comeback attempt in the top of the seventh. Chapdelaine secured the victory, striking out Kassidy McCoy and getting Grace Nordan to foul out.