April 15, 2011

Softball's Slump Continues at UVA-Wise

WISE, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team's losing streak grew to 13 games on Friday as the Knights dropped both games of its doubleheader at the University of Virginia's College at Wise 13-0 (five innings) and 11-3 (six innings).

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Southern Virginia (4-21) was held to only two hits and no runs for the third time in its past six games as UVA-Wise scored 13 runs on 10 hits in only four turns at the plate.

Freshman McKenzy MacKay pitched all four innings for the Knights and fell to 2-12 on the year.

Southern Virginia fell behind early in Game 2 as UVA-Wise scored one run in the bottom of the first and three in the bottom of the second against the Knights' junior pitcher Amanda Otto.

Trailing 4-0 at the top of the third, Southern Virginia strung together three one-out base hits from MacKay, Abigail Baxter and Mallory King (RBI) to score its first run of the afternoon.

Following Southern Virginia's three consecutive singles, freshman Sara Harmon drove in Baxter with a sacrifice fly cutting the Knights' deficit to two runs (4-2).

The Cavaliers would answer back in the bottom of the fourth with a six-hit, five-run at bat to take a commanding 9-2 lead heading into the fifth.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Southern Virginia's Laura Tome led off the top of the sixth with a double and came around to score on consecutive passed balls (9-3).

UVA-Wise countered in the bottom of the sixth with two additional runs invoking an eight-run rule to end the game at 11-3.

With the loss, Otto drops to 2-9 this season.

Softball looks to bounce back on Monday, Apr. 18 as the Knights host Bluefield College for their final home doubleheader of 2011. The first of two games with Bluefield is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.