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March 10, 2012

Knights End Road Trip With Two Losses at Virginia Intermont

Written by Chris Pendleton

BRISTOL, Va.—One day after dropping the first two games of its four-game, three-day road trip, the Southern Virginia University women's softball team lost both games at Virginia Intermont College on Saturday closing out the weekend at 0-4.

Southern Virginia (1-11) was blanked in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader as Virginia Intermont (10-10) pitcher Rachel Watts threw a complete game for the Cobras allowing only two hits and striking out seven Knights during seven shutout innings of work.

While Watts was dealing on the mound, Virginia Intermont scored one run in the third inning, another in the fourth and two insurance runs in the sixth on route to the 0-4 victory over Southern Virginia. 

In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Southern Virginia jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the fourth inning when Sierra Call (Kingsport, Tenn.) doubled with runners on first and second scoring one and advancing Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) to third.

Hartzel would score on a passed ball two batters later giving the Knights their first lead of the day after four-and-a-half innings of play.

Southern Virginia committed two errors in the bottom of the fourth allowing the Cobras an unearned run making it 2-1 heading into the fifth inning.

Trichell Schwab (Bear Lake, Idaho) doubled to lead off the top of the fifth and advanced to third when Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) singled during Southern Virginia's next at bat.

After reaching on a fielder's choice, Kelsey Benson (Providence, Utah) was caught stealing second, but Schwab stole home in the process putting the Knights up 3-1 after five-and-a half innings.

The Cobras scored two in the bottom of the fifth, however, knotting the score at three runs apiece heading into the sixth.

Following a scoreless sixth and seventh, Southern Virginia took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth when Marva Warndahl (Woodland, Wash.), who began the inning on second per softball's tie-breaker rules, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

Down one run (4-3) with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Virginia Intermont's Annamarie Russell came through in the clutch with an RBI single, scoring the Cobras' runner from second and extending the game.

Niether team scored for the next inning-and-a-half, before Virginia Intermont manufactured the game-winning run in the bottom of the tenth with back-to-back bunts pulling out the 4-5 victory over the Knights, who have now dropped six straight.

Edwards went 4-of-5 during Game 2 at Virginia Intermont, while Call, Hartzel, Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) and Schwab each recorded two hits against the Cobras. 

McKenzy MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) pitched the entire ten-inning game for the Knights picking up the loss despite striking out ten and allowing only two earned runs. 

Softball is off until Thursday, Mar. 15 when the Knights travel to West Virginia Tech Institute of Technology (6-1) for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.