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April 5, 2012

Big Day from Edwards Helps Knights Split with Fighting Squirrels

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team ended a five-game slide on Thursday winning the second game of a home doubleheader with Mary Baldwin College 8-0 (five innings) after dropping the opening game to the Fighting Squirrels 0-1.

Southern Virginia (8-19) hadn't scored a run in its last 20 innings heading into the bottom of the third during Tuesday's second game with Mary Baldwin (6-26), when Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) singled up the middle scoring Mallory King (Tivoli, N.Y.) from third and giving the Knights a 1-0 lead after three.

With their scoring drought over, the Knights exploded for four more runs during their next at bat in the fourth before adding three in the fifth to invoke softball's mercy rule with an 8-0 lead.

Edwards finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate while driving in a season-high three RBI against Mary Baldwin. In addition to Edwards RBI-single in the third that gave the Knights their first run of the day, the freshman catcher had a key two-RBI double with two outs in the fourth that helped spark Southern Virginia's offense and put the game out of reach for Mary Baldwin.

Edwards, who has Southern Virginia's fourth-highest batting average at .310 on the year, is having a tremendous first season as the freshman catcher leads the Knights in RBI (25), hits (22), doubles (5), homeruns (1), base on balls (9) and stolen bases (7).

Sara Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) went 2-for-3 in Game Two with an RBI, while King and Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) each added an RBI in the victory. 

Eight of the Southern Virginia's nine starters recorded at least one hit during Tuesday's second game against the Fighting Squirrels.

While Southern Virginia's offense scored its most runs since Mar. 23 in Game Two, senior pitcher Amanda Otto (Cypress, Texas) also delivered one of her best starts of the season as the right-hander allowed only four hits during five scoreless innings on the mound to earn her third win (3-8) of the year.

Sophomore McKenzy MacKay (Kaysville, Utah) also pitched well for Southern Virginia in Tuesday's opening game against Mary Baldwin as the sophomore allowed only one run in seven innings of work, while recording her second-highest strikeout total of the season (10).

MacKay (3-10) received no run support from Southern Virginia's offense, however, as the Knights left seven runners on base during the shutout loss.

Dinah Rogers (Alpine, Utah) went 3-for-3 during Game One, but aside from Rogers, only three other Knights recorded a hit against Mary Baldwin's Jessica Hogle (5-13), who has earned five of the Fighting Squirrels six wins this season.

Softball now has five days off before traveling to Averett University on Tuesday, Mar. 10 for a doubleheader with the Cougars (14-20) beginning at 3 p.m. EST.