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Lady Flames to Host Virginia Tech Wednesday
The Liberty Lady Flames are back on their home field Wednesday, hosting the Hokies of Virginia Tech in a non-conference softball doubleheader at 2 p.m.
Both games will be available to follow via GameTracker, and audio coverage by the Flames Sports Network will also be offered. Links can be found on LibertyFlames.com.
Liberty (22-20, 8-3 Big South) is coming off two losses to Longwood on the road on Saturday, 6-0 and 2-1.
The game one loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Lady Flames, the team's longest of the season.
Prior to making the trek to Farmville, Va. on Saturday, Liberty had an impressive week at home, sweeping both Hampton and Norfolk State in non-conference tilts, amid some historical events.
Head Coach Paul Wetmore picked up his 500th career win after the game two victory over the Spartans on Wednesday, becoming the first Liberty coach in any sport to do so.
The team, now hitting .295 on the season, recorded six home runs against Hampton in game one, tying a program record.
Kelly Strickland leads the team in nine different statistical categories, including home runs (14), batting average (.408) and runs scored (35).
Two other Lady Flames are also batting over .300 this year: Keely McMillon (.398) and Ashley Bensinger (.361). Bensinger enjoyed a three-game home run streak last week.
In the circle, Katrina Johnson and Grace Nordan combined for the first Liberty no-hitter since Feb. 28, 2009, when Tiffani Smith tossed a no-hitter against Delaware State. Wednesday's feat also marked the 13th no-hitter in program history.
Johnson currently leads the pitching staff with a 2.24 ERA and an 11-6 overall record. She also leads the team in innings pitched (131.0) and strikeouts (77).
The Hokies (33-16, 9-9 ACC) have dropped four of their last six games, and most recently picked up one win in a three-game series against conference opponent N.C. State.
Five Virginia Tech batters are hitting over .300 this season, including Courtney Liddle (.394), who leads the team with 39 RBIs. The Hokies are also a threat on the base paths, with two players in double-digits in steals: Kat Banks (23-for-27) and Ashton Ward (17-for-18).
In the circle, Jasmin Harrel is 15-8 on the year with a 2.98 ERA to lead the staff, and has recorded 128 strikeouts in 148.0 innings of work.
The Lady Flames are 11-25 all-time against Virginia Tech, with the Hokies sweeping last year's doubleheader, 11-4 and 1-0, in Blacksburg, Va.
Liberty hasn't beaten Virginia Tech since the 2006 season, when the Lady Flames swept the No. 24 Hokies, 6-5 and 3-0, on the road, on May 4.