March 4, 2011

Knights Split Double Header With WV Tech For First Win

BUENA VISTA, Va. - Trailing by two runs in the second game, the Southern Virginia University softball team mounted a comeback to win 4-3, and get the first win of the season after a 4-1 loss in the first game to West Virginia Tech. The first game saw the Knights struggle from behind the plate, as SVU could muster only one hit in the seventh inning.

Sara Harmon was able to get the hosts back in to the game after WVT had built up a 4-run lead. With the bases loaded McKenzy MacKay put a ball in play that allowed Sierra Call to score and get the game close. The bases remained loaded, but SVU could not get any more runs to earn a tie. MacKay took the loss, but had pitched a stellar contest. The freshman tied for the second most strikeouts in a game for SVU, as she retired twelve WVT batters. MacKay went the full seven innings giving up 6-hits, but only three earned runs for the game.

The second game started with two runs crossing for the visitors, and Amanda Otto found herself in an early hole. Otto would rebound in the second game, and would earn the win after giving up only five hits, and striking out four batters.

Mallory King started the comeback in the third inning as she hit a double to left center. Call would then drive King in with a ground rule double to almost the exact location as King had hit the previous at-bat. The two-out rally cut WVT's lead in half, but the Golden Bears tacked on another run in the fourth inning to regain the two-run lead.

Otto made sure to support herself with runs, as she hit a homerun in the bottom of the fourth. The fifth and sixth inning saw great defense from the Knights, as West Virginia Tech had runners in scoring position. A caught foul by Chloe Stephens-Trammel turned in to a double-play, as Stephens-Trammel picked off a WVT runner on third base to end the inning.

SVU now had momentum, and King scored in the bottom of the inning to tie up the match. The gloves came out again for the Knights, as WVT had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth wit only one out. A fly out to Ali Krebs turned into a double-play, as Krebs hit Stephens-Trammel, who relayed to Laura Tome for the tag out at home, and the momentum changing play to help push the Knights to the win.

In the bottom of the seventh, King would get on second base after a WVT error. Harmon would drive in the game winning run with a walk-off double that gave the Knights the first win of the season. The split of the double-header gives Southern Virginia a 1-7 record on the season. The Knights will return to the diamond Mar. 10 when they host Rochester College. The double-header has a first pitch time of 2:00 pm.