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March 17, 2012

Southern Virginia Splits at Randolph

Written by Chris Pendleton

LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday splitting a doubleheader at Randolph College 4-12 (six innings) and 4-3.

After dropping its first game at Randolph (11-7), Southern Virginia (2-12) trailed 0-1 heading into its final at bat of Game Two, when Seirra Call (Kingsport, Tenn.) stepped to the plate with one out and three runners on after two errors by the Wildcats and a single by Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) loaded the bases for the Knights.

Call ripped the first pitch she saw down the left-field line for a double, clearing the bases and giving Southern Virginia a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, Trichell Schwab (Bear Lake, Idaho) singled to center driving in Call from second and putting the Knights up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

The Wildcats rallied for two runs in their final at bat cutting Southern Virginia's lead to one (4-3), but the Knights' sophomore pitcher McKenzy MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) got out of the jam earning her first win of the season as Randolph stranded the tying run on second.

MacKay (1-7) went all seven innings in Game Two striking out six, while allowing three runs on five hits.

Call's three RBI at Randolph mark a career high for the sophomore, while senior Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 in the second game with the Wildcats.

In Game One, Randolph jumped out to an early lead over Southern Virginia scoring four runs off Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) in the bottom of the first.

The Knights responded with three runs in the top of the third when Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) doubled with the bases loaded making it 3-4 after three-and-a-half innings.

Southern Virginia would come no closer, however, as Randolph scored eight runs over the final four innings, while the Knights added only one in the top of the fifth when Kelsey Benson (Providence, Utah) hit a two-out single with the bases loaded driving in Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah) from third.

Otto (1-5) picked up the loss allowing 12 runs—only seven earned—on 14 hits, while striking out one.

Edwards' three RBI in Saturday's first game is also a career best for the freshman. Jones and Schwab each went 2-for-3 in Game One, while scoring one run apiece. 

Softball is back in action Tuesday, Mar. 20 when the Knights will play a doubleheader at Davis & Elkins beginning at 2 p.m. EST. Southern Virginia split a home doubleheader with Davis & Elkins on Feb. 27.