Written by Sean Dahlin
ELKINS, W.Va.—Despite senior shortstop Dinah Rogers' (Huntington Beach, Calif.) two-run home run to even the score in the top of the seventh, the Southern Virginia University softball team dropped the opener to Davis and Elkins College on Monday 4-3 on a Kayla Whoolery walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the inning followed up with a 9-1 loss to the Senators in game two.
"I applaud our effort for coming from behind due to a clutch home run by Dinah [Rogers] and good defensive play overall," said third-year Head Coach Duste Grawrock. "We were unfortunately unable to pull out the win, which affected us in the second game as well."
Down three runs to Davis & Elkins (12-11) in the top of the final inning of game one, Southern Virginia's (10-17) sophomore catcher Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached first base on an third base error before scoring the Knights' first run of the contest on junior first baseman Malia Falevai's (Mesa, Ariz.) RBI-double.
Rogers then knotted the game 3-3 with her two-RBI shot to bring home Falevai until the Senators' Whoolery recorded the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh frame.
Both squads were held scoreless for the first five-plus innings when Davis & Elkins plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth highlighted by a Jenifer Kennon two-run blast to spark the exciting walk-off finish.
Freshman outfielder Chance Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho) led the Knights going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Alanna Jones earned the win for the Senators, striking out eight batters and allowing three runs on four hits. Senior starting pitcher McKenzy Mackay (Kaysville, Utah) moved to 7-9 in the loss despite tossing 6.2 innings of eight-hit, four-run ball.
In game two, Southern Virginia struck first in the top of the opening inning as Cha. Hegsted led off with a single before Cheyenne Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho) hit a sacrifice fly to score twin sister Cha. Hegsted.
From the second frame on, Davis & Elkins went on to knock in nine unanswered for the eight-run victory.
The Senators plated three in the bottom of the second inning behind Kaitlyn Daugherty's two-run single followed by a combined six more runs in the fourth and fifth, including three of the RBIs from Whoolery for a team-high four RBIs on the day.
Both Cha. Hegsted—whose 11 registered stolen bases so far are a single-season program record—and Edwards went 1-for-2 for the Knights' two hits of the contest.
Amber LaBille threw five complete in her seven-strikeout, two-hit, one-run performance while Mackay (7-10) was handed the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits through 3.0 innings.
Softball will travel to Wise, Va., to face the University of Virginia's College at Wise on Fri., Apr. 12, for the second time this year—the Knights were swept by the Cavaliers 12-1 and 13-5 on Mar. 13 at The Fields.