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March 9, 2012

Knights Open Road Trip with Losses at UVA-Wise

Written by Chris Pendleton

BRISTOL, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's softball team began its three-day, two-game road trip on Friday with two losses at the University of Virginia's College at Wise falling to the Cavaliers 5-7 and 1-2.

Southern Virginia (1-9) tied its season-high run total during its first game at UVA-Wise (7-9), however, the Knights were unable to hold off a late rally by the Cavaliers, who came from behind to record their fourth win in five games.

The Knights led the Cavaliers 4-3 after five-and-a-half innings, but UVA-Wise scored four runs in the bottom half of the sixth to go up 4-7 with only an inning left to play.

Trailing by three runs in their final at bat, the Knights managed one run, but could come no closer as Southern Virginia dropped the opening game of its doubleheader.

Trichell Schwab (Bear Lake, Idaho) had two of the Knights five hits against UVA-Wise, while Sierra Call (Kingsport, Tenn.), Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) and McKenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) each recorded a single hit against the Cavaliers. 

All five of the Knights' runs during Game 1 were unearned, while only two of the seven runs scored on Southern Virginia pitcher Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) were earned.

Southern Virginia also led in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader scoring its only run of the game in the top of the fourth after both teams had failed to cross the plate during the opening three innings of play. 

Schwab, who again led the Knights going 2-for-3 in Game 2, led off the top of the fourth with a single, before stealing second and advancing to third on a groundout by Edwards.  

Southern Virginia's next batter, Kelsey Benson (Providence, Utah), also grounded out, but recorded the Knights' only RBI of the game in the process driving in Schwab from third.

UVA-Wise answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, however, as the Cavaliers recorded their second straight late-game comeback against the Knights to win their third straight, while Southern Virginia suffered its fourth consecutive loss.

Softball will closeout its road trip tomorrow, Mar. 10 with another doubleheader at Virginia Intermont College (8-10) beginning at noon.