AKRON, Oh. The Southern Virginia Softball team overcame St. Joseph's, 2-1, in the first round of the USCAA tournament, but then fell later in the day against St. Mary's of the Woods, 10-2. In the first game Kyla Christmas pitched a gem of a game as she went the full 9-innings, and racked up 16-strikeouts. She allowed only 3-hits, and no earned runs, as the Knights battled the school from Brooklyn.
St. Joseph's went up in the top of the second, only for the knights to respond in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up. Chloe Stephens got on base with a single, and then was driven home by Abbie Fisher's single. Both teams were finding hits at a premium, with the clubs combining for only nine hits in the game. The pitchers were battling with St. Joseph's, as mentioned earlier striking out 16-times, with SVU adding another 11-strikeouts in its at-bats.
It would be four more innings before either team scored, and it would be the Knights who would get the run to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Abbie Baxter got on with a single, and then after being moved to second, she scored after a St. Joseph's error. The run gave the Knights the first round win, and helped the #3 seed move on to face St. Mary's of the Woods.
The night cap game for SVU did not go as anticipated, with St. Mary's jumping on the Knights early. Christmas' magic had faded into the Akron night with the #2 seed pounding out 7-runs in the first two innings. SVU was able to respond in the top of the third with Fisher doubling in Lainie Thompson, and then crossing home plate after an Amanda Otto single.
The two runs would be all that they would get, as St. Mary's tacked on 3-more runs in the fourth and the fifth. The eight run margin would be all that the #2 seed would need, as they sent SVU to a loss, and placed the Knights into the consolation bracket.
SVU was able to tally 6-hits for the night, but could not keep the St. Mary's bats at bay, as they surrendered 13-hits for the game.