Written by Sean Dahlin
WISE, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team suffered its sixth consecutive loss after dropping Friday's twin bill 8-0 and 9-2 at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.
"Chance [Hegsted] has a good day at the plate, but we as a team were unable to produce an offensive threat today," said third-year Head Coach Duste Grawrock. "We'll now focus all our energies on the final game of the year and look to end on a positive note."
Despite Southern Virginia's (10-19) 3-for-6 showing at the plate from freshman outfielder Chance Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho), Virginia-Wise (20-19) swept the four-game season series with its home doubleheader wins against the Knights—the Cavaliers also won both contests on Mar. 13, 2013, at The Fields as well.
In the opener, Virginia-Wise jumped ahead with a lead that would not be relinquished on three runs in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-RBI triple to left field from Sarah Wiltshire followed by a pair of runs scored in the fourth inning on a second-base error hit by Kristina Romualdo.
The Cavaliers extended their lead (6-0) in the bottom of the fifth before adding the final two runs of the competition, highlighted by back-to-back solo shots in the sixth inning from Romualdo and Chairity Lawson.
Sophomore Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.), Falevai and freshman Chance Hegsted (Rupert, Idaho) registered the team's three hits in game one.
Starting pitcher Rachel Hawks (11-10) tossed a complete-game shutout for Virginia-Wise in her seven-strikeout, three-hit performance. Southern Virginia senior Malia Falevai (Mesa, Ariz.) allowed five runs on seven hits in the loss in her first start of the season in the circle.
The second contest of the afternoon began as the Knights plated the first run with Falevai singling home freshman right fielder Katie Evans (Grays Lake, Idaho) in the top of the first inning for the early lead.
From that point on, the Cavaliers scored eight of the next nine runs of the ballgame, including a pair of home runs—a two-run smash by Megan Dillion in the second and a solo homer by Mindy Combs in the fourth—on route to the victory for Friday's twin bill sweep.
Southern Virginia's second run of game two came in the top of the third on an Edwards RBI-single.
Cha. Hegsted recorded a team-high two hits while Edwards, Falevai and senior center fielder Laura Tome (Pasco, Wash.) each went 1-for-3 at the plate in the loss.
Virginia-Wise's Kellie Waycaster (7-4) earned the win going the distance, striking out four batters and allowing two runs on five hits while sophomore Annie Biggs (Gilbert, Ariz.) was handed the loss to move to 3-8, giving up five runs on eight hits through 3.0 innings.
Softball heads to Ashland, Va., for its season finale on Tues., Apr. 16, to face ODAC-foe Randolph-Macon College.