Freshman Carrie Eberle had two base hits and tossed her first career solo shutout in a one-hit complete game effort as the Virginia Tech softball team dispatched Radford, 2-0, on Wednesday evening in the finale of the 2017 home slate.
Eberle (9-10) fanned three and earned her second victory in as many days for the Hokies (19-31). Junior Breanna Davenport went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and sophomore Lauren Duff reached base twice on a single and a walk and also scored a run.
Duff led off the bottom of the second with a bloop single to left field, extending her hitting streak to eight games. Sophomore Emma Strouth then rocketed a first pitch single down the line in left that was bobbled by the left fielder. It rolled to the wall and Duff scored all the way from first to give the Hokies a 1-0 lead.
After allowing a lead-off single in the fourth, Eberle went to work and retired the next nine Highlanders in a row. The final three of those nine outs were all retired on groundouts fielded by Eberle in the top of the sixth.
With the Hokies still clinging on to a 1-0 lead entering the home half of the sixth, Davenport provided a key insurance run with a first pitch solo home run over the right field fence, her eighth homer of the season, that gave Tech a 2-0 lead.
It was all Eberle needed as she bounced back from allowing a walk to the first batter in the seventh to induce three ground outs. A diving play at second base by sophomore Olivia Lattin sealed the shutout win.
Virginia Tech wraps up the 2017 regular season this weekend at Syracuse with a three-game series.
— Courtesy of VT Athletics