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Lady Flames Fall to Virginia, 13-3
Liberty drew to within one run, 4-3, in the fourth inning, before Virginia scored nine unanswered runs en route to a 13-3, five-inning victory over the Lady Flames, Wednesday at The Park.
The Cavaliers (8-40) swept Wednesday's doubleheader from the Lady Flames, winning game one, 3-1. Liberty is now 7-42 on the season.
The Lady Flames turned three double plays during game two, their most double plays recorded in a single game since at least the 2000 season.
Virginia's Lindsay Mayer went 3-for-3 with a double, and home run and five RBIs, while Iyana Hughes batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Megan Harris went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Jamie Crisp went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored for the Lady Flames. Katie Zavodny and Kelby Allen both batted 2-for-3, while Hanna Nichols doubled and drove in two runs.
Aimee Chapdelaine (8-34) picked up her second win of the day, yielding three runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one in five innings of work.
Alyssa DiMartino (3-18) allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on seven hits, in addition to nine walks issued in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Grace Nordan pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit.
Liberty threatened with a one-out rally during the top of the first. Robinson and Allen laced back-to-back base hits, before Chapdelaine struck out Nichols and Han.
Virginia took a 4-0 lead by scoring four times in the opening stanza. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out. DiMartino issued a run-scoring walk to Madison Labshere, and then a double by Harris plated two for a 3-0 edge. The Cavaliers' fourth run scored on a fielder's choice. The final two batters recorded outs.
Liberty's defense stepped up to defuse scoring chances by the Cavaliers, turning inning-ending double plays in both the second and third frames.
The Lady Flames loaded the bases in the third inning, as Crisp, Zavodny and Allen all hit singles. Nichols then cut Virginia's lead in half, to 4-2, with a one-out double off the wall in left center. Katie Han then walked, before Blair Lawrence lined into a double play, as Chapdelaine halted the rally.
Crisp stroked a double to deep center with two outs during Liberty's fourth time at bat. Zavodny beat out an infield single, and Crisp scored from second on the play to trim the deficit to 4-3. The center fielder was then thrown out attempting to steal third base.
Karli Johnson and Chapdelaine drew back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the fourth. Liberty then turned its third double play of the game. After a walk loaded the bases, Iyana Hughes lifted an RBI single into center. DiMartino then walked Katie Park, before Mayer drove in two more runs with a double for a 7-3 cushion. Labshere flied out to deep center, ending the rally.
After a 1-2-3 Liberty fifth, the Cavaliers put the game out of reach by plating six runs during the bottom of the frame. Virginia scored a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks, and then Park hit a sacrifice fly to make it 10-3. Mayer hit a game-ending, three-run blast to left, sealing Virginia's 13-3 victory.
The Lady Flames return home tomorrow, where they will host ETSU in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Tomorrow's doubleheader will serve as the last home games for Liberty at Liberty Softball Field, the home site of the team since 1994.