Davis Helps Lift UVA To Doubleheader Split
Box Score April 20, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was a tale of two very different games on Wednesday (April 20) as Virginia (16-29) split a doubleheader with Liberty (24-23) at The Park. Virginia dropped game one 1-0 before picking up the 9-7 win in game two.
Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) lifted the Cavaliers to the game two victory, picking up the win in a relief appearance in the circle while hitting a home run and driving in three runs on the way to the victory. Davis improved to 2-3 on the season.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) took the loss in game one, but grabbed her first save of the season in game two as she shut down the Flames in the seventh inning for the win.
Virginia will return to action this weekend, traveling to continue Atlantic Coast Conference play at Georgia Tech in a three-game series that begins on Saturday.
Liberty 1, Virginia 0
Osherow pitched well in game one of the doubleheader, but fell to 12-18 on the season as she took the loss. She allowed the one run – a solo home run – on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts through 7.0 innings of work.
Julia DiMartino (12-10) picked up the win for the Flames, allowing the two hits with three walks and five strikeouts in the complete-game shutout.
The teams settled into a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings, but it was Liberty that struck first. Kassidy McCoy opened up the fifth inning with a solo shot to straight away center to put the Flames on the board.
Virginia would get runners in scoring position in the fifth and put two on in the seventh, but couldn’t get the hit to push the Cavaliers on top as Liberty grabbed the first game of the afternoon.
Virginia 9, Liberty 7
Davis helped herself out in game two after coming in to pitch in relief. Davis hit a home run and tallied three RBI for the night as she worked 4.0 innings in relief, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout. Osherow then grabbed the save as she worked the seventh, allowing a hit and a strikeout.
Liberty got on the board in the first inning after Smith struck out the batter, but an error after the dropped third strike allowed the runner on first to come home and kept the inning alive for the Flames. Smith then struck out the next batter to end the inning, but Virginia trailed 1-0.
Davis tied the game in the home half of the first, launching a ball over the fence in right center to tie the game 1-1.
Virginia took the lead in the second inning with the aid of only two hits, one of them a three-run double off the wall in left field from Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.). The Cavaliers loaded the bases with the help of a pair of hit batters before Davis would get a bases-loaded RBI for her second RBI of the day. Fitzgerald then delivered her three-run hit before the inning ended.
Liberty got a run back in the third when a fielding error on a single to center allowed the leadoff hitter to get to third. She scored on a wild pitch before a walk put another runner on base and sent the Cavaliers to the bullpen holding to a 5-2 lead.
A wild pitch and a single up the middle brought a second run home before Virginia would get out of the inning with the 5-3 lead.
Calamity ensued in the third inning when Virginia had runners at the corners with no outs. Olivia Gott (Weston, Fla.) hit a fly ball to right that was ruled out then dropped by the fielder. Hughes scored on the play but Liberty threw from right to short to first and turned a double play to squash a further rally, but Virginia held the 6-3 lead.
Davis extended the lead again in the fourth inning with an RBI double that put Virginia up 7-3. Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) delivered an RBI double a few batters later and the Cavaliers held the five-run lead heading to the fifth.
Liberty wouldn’t go away, using a two-run home run in the fifth inning to cut the lead back to 8-5.
Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) homered In the home half of the fifth to take the lead back out to four runs, but two runs from the Flames in the sixth again cut the lead in half at 9-7.
Osherow and the Cavaliers held things in check in the seventh, securing the win in game two and the doubleheader split with the Flames.
Liberty 1, Virginia 0 (Apr 20, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
Liberty…………. 000 010 0 – 1 6 0 (24-22)
Virginia………… 000 000 0 – 0 2 0 (15-29)
Pitchers: Liberty – DIMARTINO, Julia and TAYLOR, Alexia. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-DIMARTINO, Julia(12-10) Loss-Erika Osherow(12-18) T-1:41 A-0
HR LIBERTY – MCCOY, Kassidy (5).
Weather: 72, Sunny
Virginia 9, Liberty 7 (Apr 20, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
Liberty…………. 102 022 0 – 7 10 1 (24-23)
Virginia………… 141 210 X – 9 9 2 (16-29)
Pitchers: Liberty – CASSADY, Chase; BALL, Chandler(2); MARLOWE, Stephanie(4); FRIESEN, Kenzie(5) and MCFARLAND, Kaitlin. Virginia – Lacy Smith; Allison Davis(3); Erika Osherow(7) and Olivia Gott; Katie Park.
Win-Allison Davis(2-3) Save-Erika Osherow(1) Loss-CASSADY, Chase(7-8) T-2:35 A-263
HR LIBERTY – REYNOLDS, Rylee (2).
HR VA – (4); Madison Labshere (7).
Weather: 72, Sunny
CASSADY, C. faced 2 batters in the 2nd.
L. Smith faced 2 batters in the 3rd.
BALL, C. faced 2 batters in the 4th.