Knight Bats Come Alive To Beat Squirrels

STAUNTON, Va. The Southern Virginia Softball team's offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning of the first double-header and carried into the second game, as the Knights beat Mary Baldwin 5-0 & 9-0. Heading into the seventh inning, SVU had only got on base three times from hits, and had only been in scoring position once the entire game.

Despite the slow offense, SVU was having a dominant game on the defensive end. After a shaky start to the first inning, when MBC had runners in scoring position, the Knights clamped down in the field, and allowed only one batter to get on base, via a walk in the third, for the rest of the game. The Knight gloves were so strong, that after the base runner in the third, SVU had 13-straight put outs to end the game.

The bats came to life in the top of the seventh when SVU got four hits and put up their five runs for the victory. Abbie Baxter continued a fine hitting form as she doubled in the inning for two RBI's. Kyla Christmas had tripled to send in the first run.

The Knights carried the momentum from the first game and threatened in the top of the first, but could not get a runner home. That all changed in the second, as Baxter sent a ball over the fence to start the scoring and hitting. Abbie Fisher ensured that the Knights left the second with more than a one run lead, as she hit a grand slam to give the Knights a 5-0 lead.

SVU would add 4-more total runs in the fourth and fifth innings to get the 9-0 margin of victory. Fisher went 3-for-4 in the game with 5-RBI's while Baxter 2-of-3 with 1-RBI. Christmas helped her pitching with a 3-for-4 performance from the late. Christmas pitched both games and got the shut-outs to extend her overall record to 14-2.

SVU totaled 18-hits in the game, and extended their win streak to 5-games. The Knights return to action April 2, when they host Briarcliffe. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm at Laurel Park.