ETTRICK, Va. The Southern Virginia Softball team again received two strong outings from pitcher Kyla Christmas, while Amanda Otto provided the offense as the Knights beat Virginia State 4-0, and 9-5. The wins pushed the Knights to a win streak of four games, and helped SVU get over .500 for the first time this season.
Christmas, pitching again after a perfect game against Gallaudet was strong in the first game as she surrendered only 3-hits, striking out 9-batters, as the first game was a closer than the previous double-header. Otto went 1-for-3 in the first game, as the Knights' bats were kept to only 8-total hits.
SVU put one run on the board in the third inning, and then tacked on three more in the forth to get the margin of victory. VSU was able to stay close, and had the chances to get runners home in the fifth and sixth innings, but SVU's defense was able to prevent the runs from coming home.
Abbie Baxter did the most damage for SVU in the first game as she went 2-for-4 and scored a run. The win pushed Christmas' record to 4-1.
The Knights looked to finish strong in the second game, but trailed early, as VSU got a runner home in the bottom of the second inning. SVU responded with runs from Chloe Stephens, Abbie Fisher and Christmas in the top of the third to take the lead.
Otto added three hits in this game, and scored a run in the fifth inning, tacking on 5-RBI's for the second game. Christmas went the full seven innings, and performed well. She struck out 7-batters giving up 7-hits, and 2-earned runs.
SVU moves to 5-3 on the season. The Knights return to action against Rappahanock Community College March 11. Games are scheduled for 1:00 and 3:00 pm.