Virginia softball traveled to Liberty Tuesday to face off in a mid-week matchup. The Cavaliers (9-7, 0-0 ACC) were defeated by the Flames (9-6, 0-0 ASUN) with a score of 6-2.
Liberty jumped on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning off of senior infielder Lou Allan and freshman catcher Alexis Soto’s RBI singles.
Over the second and third innings, the Cavaliers got one run in each to tie the game at 2-2 after the third. Senior infielder Arizona Ritchie had an RBI single in the second, driving sophomore infielder Abby Weaver home. Meanwhile, freshman utility player Sarah Coon scored on a fielder's choice in the third.
Those would be the only two runs Virginia scored for the rest of the day, as Liberty shut out the Cavaliers while scoring three runs in the fourth inning and tacking on one more in the fifth.
Sophomore right-hander Mikayla Houge took the loss in relief for Virginia, after pitching 3.0 innings and throwing three earned runs. Houge moves to 5-2 on the season.
Liberty senior right-hander Megan Johnson pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and zero earned runs. She was credited with the win and improved to 2-0 on the year.
After reeling off five consecutive wins, Virginia has now dropped two straight contests — a result Coach Joanna Hardin attributed to a handful of crucial mistakes.
“We’re playing aggressively, which I love, but we need to make some better decisions in key moments,” Hardin said.
The Cavaliers resume play this weekend, traveling to the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn. The first two games for Virginia are Friday against South Alabama at 12:30 p.m. and Tennessee at 5:30 p.m.