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March 3, 2011

Struggles Continue For Knights In Losses To VIC

BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University softball team continued to struggle for runs, as Virginia Intermont scored a double-header sweep of the Knights, 7-2 & 10-2. A pitchers duel had occurred for the majority of the first game, but the error-bug continued to bite the hosts, with VIC scoring three runs in the sixth and seventh after SVU errors.

The Cobras would not get their first run of the game until the fourth inning, as McKenzy MacKay pitched strong innings despite the loss. The freshman would end with 5-strikeouts, and only 4-earned runs.

VIC had jumped to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Abbie Baxter and Mallory King scored to get the hosts to within two. Baxter was hit by a pitch, and then was driven in by an Amanda Otto single. Sierra Call drove in King, and SVU had bases loaded and were threatening to core, but a ground out for the Knights snuffed out the rally.

The Knights would threaten again in the sixth inning with runners on second and third, but could not find the hit to get back in to the game.

In the second game, VIC jumped to a quick 2-0 lead against Amanda Otto, and things looked to be getting away from the hosts, but Otto forced outs, and the hosts had a chance to get back in the game with the bats. King would hit a triple to get the Knights in scoring position. Sara Harmon would tie the game, as she hit a huge blast to center field bringing her and King home for the tying score.

SVU would have two runners on the bases, but a pop-up to the second baseman ended the rally. The Cobras would then explode in the fourth inning for seven runs, with SVU committing two errors which contribute to the glut of runs.

The Knights would be unable to find the offense necessary to get back in the game, and VIC would close out the hosts in the fifth inning for the win. Otto pitched five innings, and gave up 12-hits, but only 4-earned runs.

The loss is the sixth straight for SVU, and the Knights have yet to get a win in the early part of the season. Southern Virginia will look for the first win of the season, when they host West Virginia Tech Mar. 4. The double-header has been moved up a day, and the first pitch is scheduled for 3:00.