BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team could not halt its current losing streak Thursday dropping both games of a home doubleheader to Patrick Henry Community College 9-2 and 7-2.
Southern Virginia struggled to provide run support for junior pitcher Amando Otto in the first of two games with Patrick Henry recording only two hits and two runs in seven innings of play.
Patrick Henry took an early lead over the Knights in Game 1 when the Patriots' Kayla Spurgeon came through for her team with a two-out double in the top of the first to score a teammate from third. The run was unearned as the runner reached base earlier in the inning on a passed ball after she had struck out swinging.
Southern Virginia answered back in the bottom of the third when junior Abigail Baxter hit a two-out double of her own scoring Chloe Stephens-Trammel all the way from first to even the score at 1-run apiece.
The tie didn't last long, however, as Patrick Henry scored four runs in the top of the fourth on three hits and a Southern Virginia error.
The Knights hoped for a comeback in the bottom half of the inning after their first three batters—Sierra Call, Sara Harmon and Cara Joyner—reached safely, loading the bases with no outs. Southern Virginia's next batter, Laura Tome, advanced the runners with a RBI-sacrifice to Patrick Henry's second baseman pulling the Knights within three runs of the Patriots (5-2).
The next two batters, McKenzy MacKay and Amanda Otto, each made good contact with the ball, but unfortunately hit directly to Patriot fielders as Patrick Henry escaped the inning with no further damage done to its lead.
Southern Virginia would not threaten again as Patrick Henry tacked on three more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to reach the final score.
Otto picked up the loss and moved to 2-5 on the season.
With freshman Mackay on the mound for the second game of the Southern Virginia University softball team's Thursday doubleheader with Patrick Henry Community College, the Knights jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first.
After Baxter and Stephens-Trammel opened the inning with consecutive singles and Call struck out swinging, Harmon laced a double to center field scoring Baxter from second and advancing Stephens-Trammel to third.
Southern Virginia's next batter, Joyner, hit a sharp grounder to Patrick Henry's short stop, who was able to tag out Harmon as she attempted to advance to third. Joyner would not be doubled off, however, as her hustle down the line allowed Stephens-Trammel to score from third for the Knights' final run of the inning.
Despite a 2-0 advantage after the one inning, the Knights could not sustain their momentum as Patrick Henry would score seven unanswered runs over the final six innings of play.
With the loss, Mackay moves to 2-8 on the year as Southern Virginia has now dropped five straight.
Softball looks to break out of its current slump this weekend when it makes the short trip to NCAA Division III Eastern Mennonite University for a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 10. The games will be played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.