HARRISONBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader at Eastern Mennonite University 8-0 (five innings) and 14-4 (five innings).
Eastern Mennonite (20-10) outhit Southern Virginia (4-15) 22-8 for the afternoon.
Southern Virginia fell behind early in Game 1 as Eastern Mennonite scored three runs in the bottom of the first off freshman McKenzy MacKay.
After a scoreless second inning, Eastern Mennonite had another three-run inning in the bottom of the third to go up 6-0 on the Knights.
The Royals added a run in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the bottom of the fifth to enforce an eight-run rule as Southern Virginia was unable to get its bats going throughout the game, recording only two hits in five turns at the plate.
With the loss, Mackay falls to 2-9 on the year.
After struggling from the plate in Game 1, Southern Virginia got off to a better offensive start in Game 2 manufacturing a run in the top of the first despite a hitless inning.
The Knights' lead was short-lived, however, as Eastern Mennonite would answer back in the bottom half of the first with nine runs against junior Amanda Otto—six of which were unearned after two costly Southern Virginia errors.
Eastern Mennonite would answer back with a run in the bottom of the second and another in the third pushing its lead to nine runs heading into the fourth (11-2).
Sara Harmon and Stephens-Trammel opened the top of the fourth with consecutive singles and both would come around to score despite no more hits from the Knights in the inning. Those would be Southern Virginia's final two runs, however, as Eastern Mennonite would tack on three more in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called.
The loss moves Otto to 2-6 this season.
Softball hopes to break out of its current seven-game slide Monday, Apr. 11 when it plays a doubleheader with Ferrum College in Botetourt, Va. The games will be played at the Botetourt Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m.