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Virginia Tech Hands Liberty 10-2 Loss
Kat Banks hit two home runs to lift Virginia Tech to a 10-2 win over Liberty, Thursday evening, in a game that was resumed at Tech Softball Park. The contest, which began yesterday in Lynchburg, was suspended in the fourth inning due to inclement weather, with Virginia Tech leading, 5-0.
Liberty drops to 22-23 overall, while Virginia Tech improves to 35-16.
When play resumed in the top of the fourth with Richelle McGarva on first and nobody out, Kat Banks struck out looking. Kristina Cruz then singled to right, but Bkaye Smith grounded into a double play, as shortstop Sammi Shivock fielded the ball before tagging McGarva and tossing the ball to second for the third out.
The Hokies added two runs to their lead in the top of the fifth with a two-run homer by Kristen Froehlich, giving Virginia Tech a 7-0 advantage.
Liberty scored its first run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth. Meredith Crisante led off with a single to shortstop, then moved to second when Amber DePasquale grounded out to second. Crisante came home on an RBI single up the middle by Shivock, bringing the score to 7-1.
Banks put the Hokies back up by seven runs with a solo homer to begin the top of the sixth, and after another quiet Liberty at-bat, Virginia Tech extended its lead to 10-1. With one out, Betty Rose doubled on a high fly ball that third baseman Ashley Bensinger lost in the lights. After moving to third on a wild pitch by Tiffani Smith, Rose scored on a sacrifice fly by McGarva.
Banks homered again, this time down the left field line, to give the host team a nine-run advantage.
Crisante upped Liberty's total to two runs in the bottom of the seventh, leading off with a solo homer to left. But no more Liberty runs would score, and Virginia Tech walked away with the 10-2 win.
Jasmin Harrell picked up the win in the circle to improve to 17-8, giving up five hits and striking out two batters in five complete innings. Smith (8-12) suffered the loss, giving up six hits and striking out one Hokie batter in 2.1 innings of work.
Betty Rose led the Hokies, batting 2-for-4 with four RBIs, followed by Banks, who was 2-for-4 while driving in two runs.
The Lady Flames were led by Crisante, who was 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.
Liberty is back in action this weekend, hosting Presbyterian College in a three-game Big South Conference series on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Recap from April 27
With the Hokies leading Liberty, 5-0, Wednesday's game two of a non-conference doubleheader was suspended due to inclement weather in the Lynchburg area.
The Hokies took an early lead in the top of the first. After starting pitcher Tiffani Smith walked in a run, she was relieved by Alyssa DiMartino with the bases loaded and nobody out. At that point, Betty Rose ripped a grand slam to right center, giving Virginia Tech a 5-0 advantage.
Bensinger led off the bottom of the second with a single through the left side. But the Hokie defense came up with three straight outs to maintain their 5-0 lead.