The Virginia softball team bounced back from a rough weekend series against NC State by sweeping Liberty in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The 7-3 and 7-6 wins give the team some momentum heading into its final regular season series against Virginia Tech.
In the first game of the day, the Cavaliers (20-25, 3-15 ACC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to four hits, including a 2 RBI double by sophomore designated player Peyton Larus. They pushed the lead to 7-2 with a two-run home run by sophomore second baseman Megan Harris in the fifth, and eventually coasted to a 7-3 win. Senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell allowed two earned runs on six hits, striking out 11 in seven innings.
The second game of the afternoon was much closer, but Virginia prevailed again. After the Cavaliers took a 5-1 lead, the Flames (19-30, 8-13 Big South) scored three runs in the bottom of the third to tighten the gap. Senior designated player Lauren Didlake hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth as the teams traded runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Liberty failed to score in the seventh despite having a runner on second with one out as Virginia held on to triumph 7-6. Freshman pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine struggled, giving up five earned runs on eight hits in three innings. Mitchell gave up just one earned in four relief innings to earn her second win of the day.
The team closes the regular season at home this weekend, playing Virginia Tech twice on Sunday and once more on national television on Monday. The senior players will be honored with a ceremony on Sunday.