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Solo Homer Lifts Hokies Over Lady Flames
Courtney Liddle's solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning was the turning point in a low-scoring game, as host Virginia Tech edged Liberty, 1-0.
With the win, the Hokies completed the doubleheader sweep over the Lady Flames, after winning Game 1, 11-4, earlier in the day on Wednesday.
Bridgett Woods recorded the first hit of the contest in the top of the first with an infield single, and moved into scoring position when Cassie Hendrix grounded out to second, but was left stranded when Kelly Strickland struck out swinging for the third out.
The Hokies threatened to score in the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and third with two outs. But Liberty starting pitcher Kat Johnson struck out Kristin Graham to keep the game scoreless after one complete inning.
Liberty made a threat of its own in the top of the fourth, loading the bases. With one out, Strickland singled to left, and Kaylee West followed up with a single to center field. After a groundout by Amber DePasquale, Meredith Baisden drew a walk to load the bases. But Keely McMillon was out on a short fly ball to center field, ending the Liberty at-bat with the contest still scoreless.
But Liddle changed that in the bottom of the same frame, leading off with a deep homer over the center field fence, giving the Hokies a 1-0 lead. After Graham grounded out, Whitney Davis doubled down the right field line. But shortstop Strickland ended the inning on the next play, fielding a grounder by Ashton Ward and tagging Davis, before tossing it to first for the double play.
Neither squad could generate any more offense in the contest, as the Hokies went on to claim the 1-0 victory.
With the loss, Liberty drops to 33-14, while Virginia Tech moves to 22-31 on the year.
Woods, Strickland, West and Baisden each went 1-for-4 at the plate for Liberty, while Liddle was 2-for-3 for Virginia Tech, driving in the lone run of the game.
Jasmin Harrell picked up the win in the circle, improving to 10-10 on the year after giving up four hits and striking out nine batters in seven innings of work. Johnson (7-3) took the loss, giving up four hits and recording four strikeouts while giving up one earned run.
The Lady Flames will travel to Clinton, S.C., this weekend, for a three-game series against Big South Conference opponent Presbyterian. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.