By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Resuming play after nearly three weeks off from competition, the Southern Virginia University softball team dropped a doubleheader to Guilford College, 15-0 and 6-0, Thursday evening at Harvey-Dryden Field in Buena Vista, Va.
After holding the Quakers (17-2) to one run in the first inning, the Knights (0-6) allowed 14 Guilford runs in the second inning for the game to get out of reach as the Quakers combined for eight hits in 17 at-bats. Rachel Howard homered to bring in three runs before Marty Wilcox hit a grand slam later in the inning.
Guilford totaled 10 hits in 20 at-bats during the game and was walked seven times through four innings when the game was completed due to the mercy rule. The Knights' Katie Evans earned a hit in two at-bats for Southern Virginia and had two put outs on fielding side as a catcher.
Guilford's Casey Snead won the game as she allowed just one Knight hit while striking out two facing six batters. Southern Virginia's Cassandra Pacheco picked up the loss as she allowed nine hits, 10 earned runs and five walks while striking out one Quaker in 14 at bats.
The second game was cut short after three complete innings due to darkness, but not after Guilford jumped to a quick 6-0 advantage scoring three runs in both the first and third innings.
Three Knights were struck out to open the first inning, but Cheyenne Hegsted earned a hit in the second inning sneaking the ball past the pitcher for a single. She would later advance to third on a passed ball but was not able to reach home as Reilly Anderson was struck out swinging.
Guilford earned its six runs in 13 at-bats by way of five hits, one RBI and three walks. Quaker Rebekah Langston earned the win while the Knights' Sara Harmon received the loss. Harmon struck out two Guilford batters over the three innings facing 16 batters.
The softball team returns to action Saturday with another twinbill at home to CAC opponent York College of Pennsylvania. The first toss is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Harvey-Dryden Field.