BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Softball team used an offensive onslaught in the first game of a double-header to pace the team to a sweep of the games and a series victory over Gallaudet. The Knights exploded for nine runs in the first inning coming off of 8-hits.
Kyla Christmas scored twice in the inning as she hit for a double and a homerun. Christmas hit another homerun in the game as she went 3-for-3 with 5-RBI's. Arianne Holmes and Nancy Lemmon also went 3-for-3 as the Knights totaled 16-hits for the first game. Amanda Otto added a homerun, as she went 5-innings to get the win as she struck out 1-batter and gave up 3-hits for the shutout victory.
Gallaudet was able to put up stiffer resistance in the second game as SVU could not get a run across home plate until the third inning when four SVU runners came home. The Knights tacked on another run in the fourth as Lindsey Mellor came home to give the Knights a 5-run lead.
The visitors put up a fight as they scored five times in the top of the fifth inning to tie up the game. A three run shot for the visitors tied the game up for the Bison, and left the Knights scrambling against a foe they had comfortably beaten an hour earlier.
The Knights regrouped by scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game finally out of reach of the Bison. Mallory King started the inning off with a triple, and was brought home later to get the Knights a lead that they would not relinquish. The visitors did not give up without a fight as they scored one more run in the top of the seventh before the Knights extinguished the rally for the win.
With the wins, SVU moves to 21-7 on the season. The sweep of the double-header also give the Knights a series sweep over the Bison. SVU will return to action April 19, when they face off against St. Paul's. The first game is scheduled for 1:00 pm.