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Big 4th Inning Sends Virginia Tech Past Liberty, 8-1

March 30, 2016  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Mickey Loveridge hit a double on Wednesday at Virginia Tech.

Mickey Loveridge hit a double on Wednesday at Virginia Tech.

Liberty led Virginia Tech, 1-0, through three and a half innings, before the host Hokies scored eight unanswered runs on the way to an 8-1 win on Wednesday at Tech Softball Park.

Virginia Tech evens its record at 15-15 entering tonight's second game. The Lady Flames fall to 16-15 on the season.

Reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week Maggie Tyler (12-9) allowed one run on five hits, striking out nine while walking none.

Julia DiMartino (6-6) drew the loss, yielding five runs (three earned) on five hits, with three strikeouts and one walk in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Chandler Ball gave up two runs, one earned on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. Chase Cassady pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit, while striking out two.

Kelsey Mericka and Caitlyn Nolan both recorded two hits, a double and two RBI for the Hokies. Lauren Duff went 2-for-2, while Emma Strouth homered. Eight different Hokies scored one run apiece.

Mickey Loveridge hit a double and scored Liberty's lone run. Alexia Taylor went 1-for-3 with one RBI, while Jaclyn Amader, Sarah Robertson and Kassidy McCoy recorded one hit apiece.

The Lady Flames loaded the bases with a one-out rally in the top of the second inning. Robertson singled, and Tori Zavodny reached on an error before a single by McCoy filled the bags. However, Tyler got out of the jam unscathed, as Reynolds hit into a 1-2-3 double play.

Virginia Tech put two runners in scoring position during the home half of the second. Duff drew a walk, and Mericka singled, before a groundout and popout ended the inning.

Liberty struck first, rallying with two outs in the third stanza. Loveridge doubled to right, before Taylor sent an RBI single to center for a 1-0 lead. Tyler then struck out Madison Kotchey.

The Hokies scored six runs on five hits during the fourth, capitalizing on two Liberty errors. Mericka gave Virginia Tech a 2-1 lead with a two-run double. She later scored on an infield single by Vanessa Gonzalez. After Ball entered the circle, the Hokies made it 4-1 when Whitcomb scored on a double steal play. Nolan lined a two-run double to right center, good for a 6-1 advantage.

Amader bunted for a base hit with one out in the top of the fifth, but was left there as Tyler retired the next two Lady Flames in order.

Nolan led off the fifth inning with a single up the middle. Cassady then came on in relief of Ball. Strouth launched a two-out, two-run homer, making it 8-1, Hokies.

Cassady tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning, bringing the Lady Flames up for the final time. Tyler finished up the game by posting her second straight three-batter frame, nailing down the 8-1 win.

The Lady Flames and Hokies are currently playing game two of today's doubleheader.