April 11, 2011

Knights Drop Both to Ferrum

BOTETOURT, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team's recent struggles continued on Monday as the Knights dropped both games of its doubleheader with Ferrum College 9-0 (five innings) and 5-3 at the neutral Botetourt Sports Complex.

Southern Virginia (4-17) has now lost nine straight dating back to Mar. 23 while Ferrum (24-11) pushed its current winning streak to eight games.

GAME 1

Southern Virginia never got things going offensively in the first game of Monday's doubleheader collecting only two hits and no runs during five turns at the plate.

Meanwhile Ferrum jumped out to an early lead against freshman McKenzy MacKay scoring five runs on five hits and two Southern Virginia errors in the bottom of the first inning.

The Panthers would finish with nine runs on eleven hits before the game was called on an eight-run rule after the top of the fifth. The loss moves MacKay to 2-10 on the season.

GAME 2 

After being shutout in Game 1, Southern Virginia had a better showing in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader with Ferrum giving the Panthers their closest match-up in eight games.

With junior Amanda Otto on the mound for Southern Virginia, Ferrum accumulated another early lead over the Knights tallying one run in the bottom of the first, another in the bottom of the second, and three in the fourth.

Trailing 5-0 after another scoreless five innings, Southern Virginia's bats came alive in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits to pull within two of the Panthers (5-3).

Rebecca Rayburn got things rolling for the Knights with a lead off single, followed by Abigail Baxter reaching on a fielder's choice, which put Rayburn out at second. 

Southern Virginia's next batter, Mallory King, singled to advance Baxter to second, followed by a RBI single from Cara Joyner that drove in Baxter from second while King made it to third and Joyner advanced to second on the throw home.

Up next, Otto helped her own cause with a two-RBI single to right field driving in both King and Joyner. 

With only one out, a runner on first and three previous runs in the inning, Southern Virginia hoped to continue its late rally, but Ferrum retired the next two batters ending the Knights' threat.

Southern Virginia could not get going again in the top of the seventh as Otto picked up the loss falling to 2-7 overall.

Softball has two days off before playing three away doubleheaders in three days from Apr. 14-16. The Knights will begin their stretch on the road Thursday, Apr. 14 at Randolph-Macon College with the first of two games beginning at 3 p.m.