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Liberty Blanks Virginia Tech, 6-0, for Program-Record 13th Consecutive Win
Liberty posted its program-record 13th straight victory, blanking Virginia Tech, 6-0, in game one on Tuesday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium.
The Lady Flames are now 32-16 on the season heading into game two of tonight's doubleheader. The Hokies fall to 16-28 overall with their fourth straight loss.
A six-run Liberty fifth inning during which Virginia Tech registered four errors proved to be the difference.
Julia DiMartino (14-6) tossed her sixth shutout of the season, allowing just three hits. She has not allowed a single run in her last 44 1/3 innings pitched.
Carrie Eberle (7-8) drew the loss, yielding six unearned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Elizabeth Birle pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief, striking out three while allowing one hit.
Amber Bishop batted 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI for Liberty, while Sarah Robertson went 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Jasmeen Click went 1-for-2 with one run scored and stole her 20th base of the season.
Vanessa Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, recording two out of the Hokies' three hits.
The Lady Flames put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the third. Click reached on an error before Tori Zavodny hit an infield single. Zavodny then got caught stealing during a double-steal play, keeping the game scoreless through three.
Virginia Tech left two runners on base to end the visitors' half of the fourth. Lauren Duff singled with one out, and a two-out error allowed Caroline Schoenwald to reach. DiMartino then got Hannah Jones to ground out.
After a 1-2-3 Virginia Tech fifth, Liberty scored six times on two hits, capitalizing on four Hokie errors. Taylor Hoffman reached on an error with one out. Eberle then fanned Kaitlin McFarland. A pair of walks loaded the bases for Bishop, who hit a bases-clearing double for a 3-0 lead. Robertson followed with a double to make it 4-0. A throwing error by the pitcher allowed Robertson to score. Later, a throwing error by the catcher gave Liberty its sixth run.
The Hokies went in order in each of the final three innings, as DiMartino finished off the shutout by retiring the final 10 batters she faced