Softball Ends Season with Two Losses at Randolph-Macon

Written by Chris Pendleton

ASHLAND, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team closed out its 2012 season on Thursday with two losses at Randolph-Macon College falling to the Yellow Jackets 1-8 and 2-10 (five innings).

Southern Virginia (11-24) outhit the Yellow Jackets 11-5 during Thursday's opening game, but Randolph-Macon (27-10) was able to convert their five hits into eight runs, while the Knights stranded eight runners on base and scored only once.

Three different Knights—Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.), Seneca Hartzel (Coolidge, Ariz.) and Britney Jones (Spanish Fork, Utah)—finished Game One with two hits.

Edwards recorded Southern Virginia's only RBI during the day's first game, when she singled to right and drove in Jones, who had doubled to center one batter earlier giving the Knights a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Southern Virginia's lead did not last long, however, as the Yellow Jackets answered with a four-run bottom of the third to take their first lead (1-4) of the game. Randolph-Macon would not look back outscoring the Knights 8-0 from the bottom of third on.

Game Two was similar to Game One with Southern Virginia scoring first when starting pitcher Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) helped her own cause with an RBI double to score Edwards giving the Knights a 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth.

But just as in Game One, the Yellow Jackets responded to falling behind with a torrent of offense during their next at bat as Randolph-Macon poured in ten runs in the bottom of the fourth putting the game out of reach for the Knights.

Edwards added one more run for Southern Virginia during the Knights' final at bat in the top of the fifth, but it was too little too late as softball's mercy-rule was invoked with the Yellow Jackets up 2-10 after five-and-a-half.

Edwards finished the day with a team-leading two RBI to close out a stellar freshman season in which she led the Knights with 20 RBI and finished second in hits (29) with a .293 batting average.

Fellow-freshman Jones has also been a revelation for the Knights this season as the center fielder led the team in hits (32), runs (20) and triples (4), while batting .302 from the lead-off spot.

Southern Virginia will also return several other key players, including freshman utility player Trichell Schwab (Bear Lake, Idaho), who hit .312 for the Knights, but missed 16 games with a broken hand.

After going 4-24 last year, Southern Virginia showed improvement during Head Coach Duste Grawrock's second year at the helm finishing this season at 11-24.