Softball Sweeps Shock at Home as Mackay, Edwards Post No-Hitters

Written by Sean Dahlin 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Senior shortstop Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) went 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs and two extra-base hits to lead the Southern Virginia University softball team to a 14-1 and 13-1 sweep on Friday against USCAA-opponent Washington Adventist University. 

"Today, we had good approaches at the plate and were able to capitalize on opportunities to score runs," said third-year Head Coach Duste Grawrock. "Several players stepped up today and made key plays throughout both games."

The highlight of the day for Southern Virginia (3-3) was the combined no-hit performance over Washington Adventist (0-2) in game one from starting pitcher senior McKenzy Mackay (Kaysville, Utah) and reliever Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.).

In Mackay's three innings of work, she struck out eight of the 10 batters faced opposed to her one walk allowed.

After striking out the side in the top of the first, Southern Virginia gained an early advantage as the first six Knights crossed home plate, highlighted by senior first baseman Malia Falevai's (Mesa, Ariz.) two-RBI triple to center field.

Southern Virginia extended its lead (11-0) over the Shock in the bottom of the second inning scoring five more runs behind an RBI-triple from Dinah Rogers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and RBI-singles by sophomore Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) and freshman Chance Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho)—who finished the day 3-for-7 with three runs scored—to score teammates Rogers and senior outfielder Laura Tome (Pasco, Wash.) respectively.  

The Knights added their final offensive output in the first game as sophomore Ayla Anderson-Stebbings (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit in Edwards and Rogers slapped a double down the left field line to bring in two more runs.   

Washington Adventist recorded its lone run as Rischelle Griffin reached first on a second-base error, eventually scoring on a Daniella Remillus groundout.

Mackay improved her record in the circle to 2-1 while opposing starter Griffin (0-1) was given the loss in the Shock's first game of the season, allowing 14 runs on 12 hits in four innings-pitched.

Game one was followed up with another early offensive strike in the second contest as Southern Virginia registered eight runs in the opening two innings of play. Edwards led the attack in game two going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.  

Cha. Hegsted led off the first inning with a single to left and later scored the first run of the game on a groundout to third base.

After the Shock evened the score 1-1 in the second as Remilus crossed home plate due to a Sarah Allsop single to right field, the Knights returned with seven runs in the bottom half.

Freshman second baseman Katie Evans (Grays Lake, Idaho), who hit 2-for-2, constituted for two RBI on a double and later a single to the left side of the field while Edwards knocked in two more on a single to left field in addition to a Mackay bases-clearing, three-RBI double in the left-center gap scoring teammates Edwards, Tome and sophomore Marva Warndahl (Woodland, Wash.).

In the third inning, Southern Virginia reached double-digits (11) with an additional four runs highlighted by a double to left field from Edwards. Freshman centerfielder Maggie Tafua (Tualatin, Oregon) then connected on a double through the left side of the infield in her first hit this year, eventually touching home in the fourth on route to the Knights' 12-run victory.

Biggs (1-2) pitched 3.0 innings with four strikeouts and two walks while allowing one run on one hit in the win. Washington Adventist starting pitcher Griffin (0-2) registered her second loss of the day giving up 13 runs on 11 hits and nine walks.

Softball returns to action at home tomorrow, Mar. 2, as it takes on NCAA Division III Randolph College in a doubleheader starting at noon.

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