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March 23, 2012

MacKay Throws Second Career No-hitter as Knights Win Two of Three at Spring Bash

Written by Chris Pendleton

TROUTVILLE, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team won two of three games on Friday at the Southern Virginia Spring Bash falling 0-3 to Penn State-Beaver, before defeating Clark State Community College 6-0 and Virginia University of Lynchburg 11-1 (5 innings). 

The highlight of the day for the Knights was McKenzy MacKay's pitching performance against Clark State as the sophomore recorded the second no-hitter of her career. 

After having one of her best outings of the year one day earlier against Washington Adventist, MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) was lights out on Friday striking out a season-high twelve batters, while allowing no hits and only one walk in seven innings of work. 

"It was a fun game," said MacKay following her third consecutive win. "My teammates had my back and it was a great all around effort." 

MacKay (3-7) has now pitched 14 straight innings without allowing a single run. 

The Knights also provided MacKay with more run support on Friday than in any of the sophomore's nine other starts this season, rebounding from a shutout loss against PSU-Beaver to score six runs on ten hits against Clark State.

Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate in the Knights' second game of the day, while also scoring two runs.

Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah) and Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) each added two hits against the Eagles.

Southern Virginia's offense continued to roll in their third and final game of the day against Virginia-Lynchburg as the Knights scored a season-high 11 runs on 12 hits against the Dragons.

VUL jumped out to a 0-1 lead over Southern Virginia in the top of the first, but the Knights responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back before invoking the mercy rule mid-way through the fifth inning.

Jones continued her solid day at the plate going 3-for-3 against the Dragons, while also scoring three times and driving in an RBI. King also finished with an RBI on two hits and two runs.

Kayla Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) had her best game of the year against VUL going 2-for-3 with a run, while older sister Sara Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) continued her strong offensive play leading the Knights with two RBI against the Dragons.

Freshman Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) earned the first win of her collegiate career against VUL allowing only two hits and one run, while striking out three in five innings on the mound.

Southern Virginia (7-14) closes out its Spring Bash schedule tomorrow against Lindenwood University-Belleville at noon.