Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—In the first two softball games ever played on the Southern Virginia University campus, the Knights christened their newly constructed diamond on Thursday with their first doubleheader sweep of the season defeating Washington Adventist University 9-6 and 4-0.
Southern Virginia (5-13) has now won four of its last five games, including its current three-game winning streak, while Washington Adventist's (1-5) current slide climbed to ten games.
In Thursday's opening game, Southern Virginia's bats came alive as the Knights exploded for a season-high nine runs on 13 hits against Washington Adventist.
After Southern Virginia jumped out to a 7-1 lead against the Shock during the new field's inaugural game, Washington Adventist put together a five-run top of the fifth pulling within one run (7-6) of the Knights with three-and-a-half innings remaining.
The Knights answered back in the bottom of the fifth, however, when Sara Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded.
Harmon came through for the Knights in the clutch with a two-out single scoring Sierra Call (Kingsport, Tenn.) from third and Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) from second giving Southern Virginia a 9-6 lead.
Neither team would score again over the next inning-and-a-half as senior Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) earned her third victory of the season allowing two hits and one run, while striking out three during five innings of work.
Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah) had a monster first game for the Knights going 3-for-5 at the plate and scoring three runs.
Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) also recorded two hits in Game One, while scoring a run.
Sophomore McKenzy MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) took the mound for Southern Virginia in Game Two and delivered her best performance of the season.
MacKay pitched six dominant innings for the Knights allowing only two hits and no runs, while striking out nine hitters.
Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) was also solid as the freshman did not allow a single hit during her inning of relief work.
With MacKay dealing from the mound, Game Two looked like it might become a pitcher's duel as the game remained scoreless after two-and-a-half innings of action.
Southern Virginia opened things up in the bottom of the third, however, as four different Knights—Laura Tome (Pasco, Wash.), Trichell Schwab (Bear Lake, Idaho), Rogers and Harmon—doubled in the inning giving Southern Virginia a 3-0 lead.
The Knights added one more run during their next at bat when Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) drove in Cara Joyner (Columbia, Miss.) to make it 4-0, which is how things stayed for the final two-and-a-half innings.
Harmon went a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI during Game Two capping a stellar day for the sophomore third baseman.
Softball will now play five games in the next two days as the Knights host the Southern Virginia Spring Bash this weekend in Botetourt, Va.