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Virginia Escapes With 4-3 Win Over Liberty

April 16, 2019  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Autumn Bishop extended her hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday.

Autumn Bishop extended her hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday.

Liberty battled back from deficits late in Tuesday's game at Virginia before falling 4-3 to the Cavaliers at The Park in Charlottesville.

With the win, Virginia (17-25) snapped a 13-game winless streak, while the Lady Flames fell to 30-16 on the season with the loss. The Lady Flames and Cavaliers split the season series, with both teams winning at home.

Scoring Summary
VIRGINIA – 1st INNING – Smith doubles to center, Busby scores, 1-0

VIRGINIA – 1st INNING – Osherow reaches on fielder's choice, Smith scores, 2-0

VIRGINIA – 1st INNING – Ritchie walks, Barber and Gott advance, Osherow scores, 3-0

LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Robertson singles up the middle, Amader and Amber Bishop advance, Autumn Bishop scores, 3-1

LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Erich singles to right, Robertson and Amader advance, Amber Bishop scores, 3-2

VIRGINIA – 6th INNING – Osherow singles to right, Smith advances, Covington scores, 4-2

LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Amader reaches on a fielder's choice, Amber Bishop out at second, Autumn Bishop advances, Hoffman scores, 4-3

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit Virginia 10-8 for the game, while the Cavaliers recorded two errors. The Cavaliers stranded 10 runners while the Lady Flames left eight on base.   

- Erika Osherow (2-2) earned the win, allowing one run on six hits in five innings pitched. She helped her own cause, going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Allyson Frei picked up the save, yielding one unearned run on one hit, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.

- Emily Kirby (4-2) drew the loss, giving up three runs on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. Chase Cassady struck out four in 2 2/3 innings of relief before Julia DiMartino yielded one run on five hits in three innings.  

- Lacy Smith batted 2-for-3 with two doubles, one run and one RBI, while Abigail Barber batted 2-for-3 with a double.

- Eight out of Liberty's nine batters got at least one hit, while Amber Bishop and Autumn Bishop both went 2-for-4 with one run scored each.

Turning Point
- Virginia scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, leading to Cassady's entry into the game.

- The Lady Flames knocked on the door several times before breaking through in the sixth.

- Autumn Bishop led off the sixth inning with a single before Aly Rayle entered the circle for Osherow. Amber Bishop the singled before Amader walked to load the bases. Robertson made it 3-1 with an RBI single. Erich then hit an RBI single to right, narrowing the gap to 3-2 before Amader was thrown out at the plate. Frei came in to get the final two outs.

- With runners on the corners and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Osherow dropped an RBI single to right for a 4-2 lead.

- Liberty rallied with one out in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Emily Sweat drew a walk, before Autumn Bishop reached on an error and Amber Bishop singled. Amader drove in one run when she reached on a fielder's choice. Robertson lined one into left field that Bailey Winscott snared for the final out.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty had won each of the last five meetings with Virginia prior to today's game. The Lady Flames are 14-6 against the ACC since the start of the 2017 season.

- Autumn Bishop extended her hitting streak to 10 games, tying her longest hitting streak of the season to date.

- Sarah Robertson passed Alexia Taylor (2015-18) into seventh place in program history with her 123rd career RBI, and Robertson is now ranked fifth all-time at Liberty with 698 career at bats.

Up Next
Liberty returns home for its next four games. The Lady Flames will host Jacksonville for a three-game ASUN Conference series, Friday and Saturday at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. Liberty and Jacksonville will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Lady Flames will honor their eight seniors – Jaclyn Amader, Chase Cassady, Jasmeen Click, Julia DiMartino, Kaitln McFarland, Rylee Reynolds, Sarah Robertson and Deidra See – with senior day ceremonies prior to this weekend's games.