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Liberty Softball Hosts Hokies for Tuesday Twin Bill

April 17, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Softball Hosts Hokies for Tuesday Twin Bill

Complete Game Notes

Big South-leading Liberty (31-16, 13-2 Big South) hosts Virginia Tech for a doubleheader, Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Liberty Softball Stadium. While Liberty is on a program-record-tying 12-game winning streak, the Hokies (16-27, 5-16 ACC) have gone 1-9 in their last 10 games.

Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 34-13, winning 16 out of the last 18 meetings. However, these two teams have split the season series each of the last two years.

Lady Flames at a Glance
Liberty has outscored opponents, 74-6, in its last 12 games, all wins. The Lady Flames set program records for consecutive shutouts (six) and consecutive shutout innings (44), with both streaks snapped on Saturday at Gardner-Webb. Liberty has already tied its season total for wins (31) and shutouts (12) from the 2016 season.

Tori Zavodny bats .409, good for second in the Big South. Autumn Bishop follows at .404. Amber Bishop (.371) is second in the conference in hits (56) and RBI (44), also hitting nine homers. Sarah Robertson (.355) is tied for second in the conference with 12 doubles, while Jasmeen Click (.340) paces the team in stolen bases (19). Alexia Taylor hits .351 with a current 10-game hitting streak, while Emily Sweat bats .319.

Kenzie Friesen (11-1) leads the Big South with a 1.86 ERA, pitching three shutouts. Julia DiMartino (13-6) is second in the conference in ERA (2.02) while leading the Big South in shutouts (5) and strikeouts (121). Chase Cassady (4-7, 4.55 ERA) has tossed two shutouts this year.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow Tuesday's doubleheader through live stats. Both games will air on Big South Network and ESPN3, with Alan York calling play-by-play and former Liberty Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore providing analysis. They will also air on radio on 90.9 FM The Light, with Jamie Hall serving as play-by-play announcer.

Quick Hits
- Dot Richardson earned her 100th career victory, last Friday at Gardner-Webb.
- Liberty has allowed just one total run in its last eight games.
- Julia DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Week on Monday, while Taylor Hoffman was named Big South Freshman of the Week.
- Liberty leads the Big South and ranks 17th in the nation with a .321 batting average.
- Amber Bishop tied a program freshman record with her ninth homer, last Tuesday.
- Kenzie Friesen is 9-1 with a 0.82 ERA in her 12 starts in the circle this season.
- Sarah Robertson recorded her 100th career hit, Tuesday against Virginia.

Liberty vs. Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech leads, 34-13) Current Series Streak: LU W1
Last Meeting: Liberty 2, Virginia Tech 1 (3/30/16 - Blacksburg, Va. - Game 2)
Last Virginia Tech Win: Virginia Tech 8, Liberty 1 (3/30/16 - Blacksburg, Va. - Game 1)     

Virginia Tech (16-27, 5-16 ACC) has lost nine out of its last 10 games, with its lone win in that span coming last Tuesday over Longwood. The Hokies rank 12th nationally with 1.07 home runs per game. Aysha Richardson bats .373, while Emma Strouth (.356) leads the team with 30 RBI. Breanna Davenport (.354) and Olivia Lattin (.336) have hit 10 doubles each, while Vanessa Gonzalez hits .308 with 10 homers. Carrie Eberle is Virginia Tech's top pitcher, with a 7-7 record and 3.88 ERA.

The Lady Flames and Hokies have met 47 times in a series that dates back to 1996, with Virginia Tech leading, 34-13. The Hokies have won 16 out of the last 18 meetings, but the two teams have split doubleheaders each of the last two seasons.

Liberty is 4-0 against ACC opponents this season, defeating Syracuse and NC State once each and beating Virginia twice.

Liberty vs. Virginia Tech - 2016 Recap
Virginia Tech won game one of a doubleheader, 8-1, on March 30, 2016 at Tech Softball Park, as the Hokies rallied from a 1-0, fourth-inning deficit.

Liberty responded with a 2-1 win in game two. Stephanie Marlowe, making her collegiate debut, allowed one unearned run on three hits, getting 17 flyouts.

Alexia Taylor is 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and two RBI in four games played all-time against Virginia Tech.

Team Notes
- Liberty tossed six straight shutouts, from April 7-14, and also held opponents scoreless for 44 straight innings. Both streaks set new program records.
- The Lady Flames have allowed just three earned runs in their last 12 games, all wins. They have tied the longest winning streak in program history, set April 10-21, 2010.
- Liberty's current 12-game winning streak was the fourth-longest active winning streak in NCAA Division I softball entering the week. Tennessee led with an 18-game winning streak, followed by Oklahoma (15), Jacksonville State (13) and Liberty (12).
- Liberty Head Coach Dot Richardson earned her 100th career victory, last Friday at Gardner-Webb. She is the third Liberty softball head coach with 100 wins, and first since Paul Wetmore (1994-2013). Wetmore earned his 100th career win on April 18, 1997.

Player Notes
- Kenzie Friesen (11-1, 1.86 ERA) is 9-1 with a 0.82 ERA in 12 starts this season. Liberty has gone 11-1 in games that Friesen has started this year.
- Julia DiMartino (13-6, 2.02 ERA) has not allowed a run in her last 37 1/3 innings pitched, a stretch that includes four complete-game shutouts and 43 strikeouts. She is now tied for fourth in program history in career shutouts (12) and ninth in strikeouts (308).
- Tori Zavodny is ranked second in the Big South with a .409 batting average. She ranks fourth in program history in career runs (122) and walks (69), and third in triples (11).
- Amber Bishop (.372) tied Sammi Shivock's (2011) program freshman record with her ninth homer, last Tuesday against Virginia. Bishop ranks 29th in the nation in hits (56), 18th in RBI (44) and 32nd in total bases (90).
- Autumn Bishop (.404) is tied for the team lead with three triples, tying a program single-game record with two triples against Morgan State, Feb. 12.
- Sarah Robertson (.355) recorded her 100th career hit, last Tuesday against Virginia, becoming the fifth player in program history to reach 100 hits as a sophomore.
- Alexia Taylor (.351) is currently on a career-best 10-game hitting streak. Last year, she became the fourth Liberty sophomore to reach 100 career hits.
- Jasmeen Click (.340) needs one more stolen base to become the seventh player in program history with 20 or more steals in a single season.
- Emily Sweat (.319) has Liberty's lone game-winning, walk-off hit so far this season, hitting a game-winning, two-run single to end a 6-5 win over Radford, March 25.
- Deidra See tied a program single-season record with her fourth sacrifice fly, Saturday at Gardner-Webb.
- Kaitlin McFarland has started 16 out of the last 18 games at catcher.
- Taylor Hoffman went 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs scored last week.