Softball Drops Two at Home to WVU-Tech

Softball Drops Two at Home to WVU-Tech

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team dropped both games of Tuesday's home doubleheader against West Virginia University-Institute of Technology losing 1-9 and 1-5 to the Golden Bears.

Southern Virginia (7-16) struggled at the plate against WVU-Tech's (15-6) pitchers as the Knights scored only two runs in 14 innings on Tuesday.

Southern Virginia's only run of the first game came in the bottom of the fifth when the Knights strung together three consecutive one-out singles to load the bases with Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah) coming to the plate.

Jones, who is hitting .302 for the season, came through for the Knights with an RBI single scoring Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) from third, but the Golden Bear's caught Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) trying to score from second on the play and then threw out McKenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) at third ending the Southern Virginia's rally with an unconventional 8-2-5 double play.

Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) was the only Knight to record multiple hits against WVU-Tech in Game One as the senior went 2-for-3 from the plate raising her season batting average to .294.

WVU-Tech ended Game One with 17 hits against two Southern Virginia pitchers—Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) and Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.)—while Jessica Stapleton went the distance for the Golden Bears giving up six hits and striking out six.

McKenzy MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) took the mound for the Knights in Game Two—her first start after throwing a no-hitter in her last outing—and allowed five runs on nine hits.

Southern Virginia managed only one run for the second consecutive game, however, as Jacquelyn Wood earned the win for WVU-Tech allowing only five hits and striking out three in seven innings on the mound. 

The Knights' lone run in Game Two came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Sierra Call (Kingsport, Tenn.) doubled with runners on the corners scoring Cara Joyner (Columbia, Miss.) from third. 

Despite having runners on first and third with one out following Call's double, Southern Virginia was unable to score again, however, as the Knights suffered the first two losses on their newly completed field.

Call was the only Knight to finish Game Two with multiple hits going a perfect 2-for-2.

WVU-Tech's center fielder Jordan Logan had a tremendous day at the plate finishing 5-for-8, while scoring four runs and driving in an RBI.

Softball has one day off before hosting WVU-Tech again on Thursday, Mar. 27 for another doubleheader at 3 p.m. EST.