ASHLAND, Va. The Southern Virginia Softball team traveled to play Randolph-Macon in a season opening double-header, and despite solid efforts, the Knights fell in both games 5-1 and 7-0. The Knights were originally scheduled to play at home, but field conditions were unplayable, so SVU it the road for the visit to the Yellow Jackets.
In the first game the SVU bats were silent, as the team could only muster 3-hits. Amanda Otto, Kyla Christmas and Chloe Stephens were able to get on base via their bats. Christmas was the starting pitcher and went the distance against the hosts giving up the 5-runs on 6-hits, with 6-strikeouts and 5-walks.
SVU had mutiple opportunities to get runners home as they left 5-runners on base, but could not find the hits to drive in the runs, and get the game closer. Christi Wise was able to get the win for RMC, as she went 4-innings and gave up no runs, with 3-strikeouts, and 1-walk.
In the second game of the double-header SVU looked to improve from the previous game. The hit total for the Knights improved, but only by one, and they were unable to bring anyone across home plate. Christmas, again, got a hit for the visitors, and was joined by Abbie Baxter, Chelsey Papworth and Laura Tome. Knight hitters struggled with the RMC pitching as they struck out seven times, and drew no walks.
Otto pitched the second game, and could not keep the RMC bats at bay, as she gave up the 7-runs on 13-hits, with 2-strikeouts and 2-walks. Heather Lewis recorded the win for RMC.
SVU starts the season at 0-2. The Knights return to action March 6. when they travel for a double-header at Sweet Briar College. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.