Softball vs Welsey College Preview

By Laura Tome

Game Information 
Southern Virginia University (0-8) vs. Wesley College (9-5, Overall) (0-2, CAC)
Date: Friday, Mar. 28, 2014
Start Time: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
Location: Harvey-Dryden Field (Buena Vista, Va.)

Last Meeting

The Southern Virginia University softball team traveled to Dover, Del. on March 23, 2013 to face a future Capital Athletic Conference opponent Wesley College. The Knights swept the Wolverines 4-1 and 12-4.

About the Knights

Southern Virginia will face Wesley College as it continues to battle for its first win of the 2014 season. The Knights recently fell to NCAA DII Davis & Elkins College, 11-2 and 12-2 Monday night.

Freshman McKenzie Packard pulled ahead of sophomore shortstop Cheyenne Hegsted to lead the Knights with a .348 batting average, five RBI's, five stolen bases and a .500 on base percentage. Hegsted trails behind with a .300 batting average, two RBI's, three stolen bases and a .400 on base percentage. The duo is tied with one homerun apiece.

The Knight pitching staff will look to reduce the walks, while the defense looks to knock more balls down and execute plays. At the plate, the Knights will be aggressive and take advantage of the situations given.

About the Wolverines

The Wolverines recently lost a twill bill to Capital Athletic Conference member Mary Washington, 5-2 and 10-8 last Saturday.

Sophomores Sarah Saunders leads the Wolverines with a .488 batting average, 20 hits, 13 RBI's and a .522 on base percentage. Fellow sophomore Steph Caracozza follows close behind with a .463 batting average, four triples, and a .532 on base percentage. Freshman catcher Nina Marcano has a solid .435 batting average and leads the team with 16 RBI's, two homeruns, four stolen bases and a .469 on base percentage.

Freshman pitcher Lindsay Siok leads the Wolverines with a 2.56 earned run average, 29 strikeouts, 16 walks and has hit 11 batters throughout her 38.1 innings in the circle. 

Fellow freshman Lily Engel has a 4.08 earned run average after 34.1 innings in the circle. Engel has recorded 16 strikeouts and six walks. As a catcher, Marcano has allowed 12 stolen bases, caught six stealing and has 11 pass balls on the season.