Tori Zavodny went 3-for-3 against Virginia Tech, driving in the winning run in the seventh inning, Wednesday.
Liberty received a three-hit complete game from freshman Stephanie Marlowe, and rallied to win game two over Virginia Tech, 2-1, Wednesday at Tech Softball Park.
The Lady Flames improve to 17-15 on the season after splitting today's doubleheader with the Hokies (15-16). This is the second year in a row that Liberty and Virginia Tech have split a twin bill. Today's win was Liberty's first over Virginia Tech at Tech Softball Park since May 4, 2006. Also, Virginia Tech sustained its first home loss of the season.
Marlowe (1-0), making her first career collegiate appearance in the circle, allowed one unearned run on three hits, striking out one and walking one. She induced 17 flyouts, compared to three groundouts.
Mikaela Aiken (1-4) yielded two runs, one earned, on six hits, with one strikeout and two walks.
Tori Zavodny went 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Alexia Taylor batted 2-for-3 with a double. Kassidy McCoy hit a sacrifice fly, driving in one run.
Breanna Davenport went 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Lauren Duff tripled and scored Virginia Tech's lone run.
Zavodny hit an infield single with one out in the top of the second. However, she was caught attempting to steal second. Katie Han lined out to third for the third out.
Virginia Tech threatened to score during the second inning. Kelsey Mericka reached second on a throwing error with one out. Elizabeth Birle walked, and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners before Kinsey Johnson flied out to left.
Davenport broke up Marlowe's no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the home half of the third inning. She was left there, as the Marlowe induced three straight flyouts.
Marlowe kept the scoreless tie alive, pitching a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
The Lady Flames took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Zavodny lined a single to center field to start the inning. Han sent her to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a passed ball, McCoy hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run.
Davenport doubled to left center with two outs during the bottom of the fifth. Olivia Lattin then flew out the right, ending the inning.
The Hokies tied up the game with a two-out rally in the sixth stanza. Duff tripled down the right-field line, and Mericka reached on an error, pushing the game-tying run across the plate.
Taylor hit a leadoff double to begin the seventh inning. Sarah Robertson then drew a walk. A wild pitch sent the runners to second and third with nobody out. Zavodny hit an RBI single to left, driving in the go-ahead run. Zavodny was caught stealing, and a pair of groundouts sent the game to the last of the seventh with Liberty leading, 2-1.
Marlowe sealed the victory for the Lady Flames, retiring the side in the bottom of the seventh.
Liberty returns home, and will host Hampton in a doubleheader, tomorrow at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. Tomorrow's first game is set to begin at 3 p.m.