Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite freshman Cheyenne Hegsted's (Rupert, Idaho) 4-for-5 performance at the plate, the Southern Virginia University softball team dropped a home doubleheader on Wednesday 12-1 and 13-5 against the University of Virginia's College at Wise.
"Virginia-Wise is a good team that took advantage of its opportunities today," said third-year Head Coach Duste Grawrock. "Cheyenne [Hegsted] had a great day and we did some things well that we'll look to build off of."
In game one, UVA-Wise (10-5) came out of the gate with a 9-1 advantage over Southern Virginia (5-10) through two complete, including an eight-run on eight-hit second inning.
The Cavaliers' Chairity Lawson got things started with an RBI-single to left field in the top of the first followed by another RBI-single up the middle to score teammates Christina Ziemba and Mindy Combs in the second inning. Combs and Kristina Romualdo each accounted for two RBIs apiece in the top of the second for UVA-Wise, highlighted by Romualdo's two-run bomb over the left field fence.
The Knights' scored their only run of the opener in the bottom of the first inning when Che. Hegsted knocked in twin sister Chance Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho) on a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Cavaliers extended their lead (10-1) with Sarah Wiltshire touching home plate on a bases-loaded walk. The final runs were registered for the visitors in the fourth inning as Combs and Wiltshire each scored on singles first to shortstop and then to left field.
Aside from Che. Hegsted, senior first baseman Malia Falevai (Mesa, Ariz.) recorded Southern Virginia's only other hit of the contest in the fourth inning.
UVA-Wise reliever Allie Gross (1-0) earned the win tossing three innings of shutout ball while striking out three batters. Knights sophomore pitcher Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) dropped to 1-6 on the year, allowing eight earned runs in 2.0 innings-pitched.
Through the first three innings of the twin bill finale, Southern Virginia found itself with a 3-1 lead upon two Falevai RBI-singles—to center field in the second and to right in the third—scoring Che. Hegsted and sophomore Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) respectively.
Che. Hegsted led off the Knights' offensive attack in the bottom of the third as she doubled to left-center to bring in teammate junior Marva Warndahl (Woodland, Wash.).
The Cavaliers rallied back to take the lead after five complete, including putting up a crooked number six on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth for the 8-3 lead. Romualdo, Combs, Velazquez, Allyssa Zebrowski, Ziembra and Rachel Fisher all crossed home plate in the fifth.
UVA-Wise extended its cushion with three more runs in the sixth highlighted by a Zebrowski two-RBI single through the middle infield countered by Southern Virginia's own run in the bottom half on an RBI-single to center field by Warndahl.
In the top of the seventh inning, Romualdo added her second solo home run of the day on a blast to left field, and Fisher hit in teammate Megan Dillion on a double in the left-center gap.
Senior McKenzy Mackay (Kaysville, Utah) scored freshman Katie Evans (Grays Lake, Idaho) on a single to right field in the seventh for the Knights' final run of the day before Cavaliers pitcher Rachel Hawk shut the door on the home squad's rally, striking out Cha. Hegsted to end the game.
In addition to Che. Hegsted's three doubles in game two, Evans went 2-for-2 and Falevai was 2-for-4 with junior Sara Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) adding a single and run scored in the loss.
UVA-Wise's reliever Hawk (5-3) got the win allowing no earned runs and seven hits through 4.2 innings. Mackay (4-4) threw all seven innings while recording the loss and allowing 10 earned runs on 18 hits.
Softball will travel to Silver Spring, Md., to face fellow USCAA-member Washington Adventist University in a doubleheader on Tuesday, Mar. 19.