After having the weekend off, Virginia faced Liberty in a midweek, out-of-conference matchup Tuesday night. The Cavaliers (14-27, 3-12 ACC) were unable to get on the scoreboard, giving the Flames (27-16, 10-2 Big South) the 4-0 shutout victory.
The win against Virginia was the most recent in an eight-game winning streak for Liberty, and it was the fourth-straight game in which Liberty kept its opponent scoreless. During this eight-game stretch of wins, Liberty has given up a total of only five runs.
Sophomore pitcher Julia DiMartino threw six strikeouts from the mound for the Flames, and picked up her 10th win of the season. Only two Cavaliers got more than one hit off of DiMartino. One of those players was junior left fielder Allison Davis, who went three-for-four on the evening. Davis currently leads Virginia with a .341 batting average and seven multi-hit games on the season. The other multi-hit player was senior right fielder McKall Miller, who went two-for-four in her sixth multi-hit performance of the season.
Freshman second baseman Amber Bishop led the Flames’ offense with a home run and two RBIs that closed out a three-run rally in the fifth inning for Liberty. Sophomore pitcher Lacy Smith had given up two runs from the mound for Virginia before Bishop’s homer, and she put together three-straight scoreless innings of pitching before Liberty’s three runs in the fifth inning.
Virginia will face Liberty again tomorrow as the host team. Then, the Cavaliers will remain in Charlottesville for a three-game, weekend series against ACC opponent Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers go into the weekend still seeking to win their first conference series of the season.
First pitch for tomorrow’s game will be at 6 p.m.