Southern Virginia Splits with Squirrels, Records Best Offensive Outing of Spring

STAUNTON, Va. — After dropping Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader with Mary Baldwin College 3-2, the Southern Virginia University women's softball team rebounded in Game 2 to defeat the Fighting Squirrels 12-0 and earn a split for the afternoon.

Southern Virginia fell behind early in Game 1 when pitcher Amanda Otto gave up a solo homerun to Mary Baldwin's Kelsey Still in the bottom of the first.

Mary Baldwin would retain its 1-0 advantage until the top of the fourth inning when Southern Virginia scored twice on errors to take its first lead of the contest.

Chloe Stephens-Trammel, pinch-running for McKenzy MacKay who had reached base on balls, scored the first of the Knights two runs in the fourth after Mary Baldwin's right fielder mishandled a sharply hit ball from Abigail Baxter. Baxter would then score from second after the Fighting Squirrels' shortstop could not field a grounder from Mallory King.

Playing only five innings due to tenuous weather conditions, Southern Virginia looked to hold its lead through the next inning and a half and secure its second victory of the season. A two-run Mary Baldwin bottom half of the fourth, however, put the Knights back at a one-run disadvantage heading into the top of the fifth.

Laura Tome would lead off the fifth with a single to right field, but was unable to advance after three consecutive Southern Virginia outs ended any hopes of a late rally.

Otto finished with three strikeouts to go along with three earned runs as the junior moved to 1-3 in starts this season.

The Knights bounced back in Game 2 as its freshman pitcher, MacKay, tossed a gem in her first collegiate win. MacKay struck out nine Mary Baldwin batters while giving up only four hits in five scoreless innings of work.

Southern Virginia batters provided MacKay with more than enough run support in the shutout as the Knights tallied 12 runs on 11 hits for their best offensive outing of the season.

After scoring three runs in the top of the first to take an early lead, Southern Virginia exploded with a six-hit, eight-run fourth to put the game out of reach for the Fighting Squirrels. The Knights would tack on another security run in the top of the fifth before the game was called.

Baxter set the tone for the Knights with a lead-off double in the game's first at-bat, and finished with two RBI and a run scored on 3-for-4 hitting.

King and Stephens-Trammel both scored twice while batting in two runs for the Knights. Cara Joyner also scored twice and recorded two RBI in her first game of the spring after completing her basketball season a week ago with a seventh-place finish at the USCAA National Championship.

Sara Harmon, MacKay and Otto each had an RBI and run scored. Ali Krebs and Sierra Call also scored as nine different Knights crossed the plate in the victory.

With the split, softball moves to 2-8 on the season heading into a Friday, Mar. 18 doubleheader at home against Washington Adventist University at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.