Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—After dropping two games during Tuesday's doubleheader with the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, the Southern Virginia University softball team hosted the Golden Bears again on Thursday with similar results as the Knights lost both games 1-5 and 0-12 (five innings) on their new home field.
Southern Virginia (7-18) led briefly during the opening game of Thursday's rematch with WVU-Tech (18-7), when Sara Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) laid down a text-book sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the first inning scoring Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah) from third after Jones opened the at bat with a lead-off triple.
The Knights would not score again during the next eleven innings of play, however, as the Golden Bears outscored their hosts 17-0 from that point forward, while outhitting Southern Virginia 27-5.
Senior Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) was the only Knight to record multiple hits during either game of Thursday's doubleheader going 2-for-3 from the plate in Game One against two different WVU-Tech pitchers.
WVU-Tech began Game One with Laura Hensley on the mound, but the Golden Bears replaced her with Jessica Stapleton after the game's first inning, in which Hensley allowed Southern Virginia's only run of the afternoon.
Stapleton went on to pick up the come-from-behind win for the Golden Bears climbing to 9-3 on the season after allowing only three hits and no runs in six innings of work.
In Game Two, Southern Virginia managed only two hits—one apiece from Kelsey Benson (Providence, Utah) and Cara Joyner (Columbia, Miss.)—against WVU-Tech's Jacquelyn Wood, who earned her sixth (6-2) win of the year against the Knights.
WVU-Tech's season batting average climbed to .325 with Thursday's victories, while Southern Virginia's team average slumped to .241.
Jones' triple in Southern Virginia's first at bat, was the only extra-base hit of the afternoon for the Knights.
The Golden Bear's center fielder Jordan Logan had another huge day against Southern Virginia going 7-for-8 with an RBI, while scoring all seven times she got on base.
Having now lost four straight this week after winning five of seven last week, softball will look to regroup with twelve games remaining on the schedule and a chance to still finish above .500 for the season.
Southern Virginia's push for the postseason will begin on Monday, Apr. 2 when the Knights host Virginia Intermont College (14-18) for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. EST on The Fields.