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April 2, 2014

Softball Earns First Victories of Season in Home Tripleheader

By Laura Tome

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Looking for its first win of the season, the Southern Virginia University softball team swept Maine-Presque Isle in a triple header Wednesday afternoon at Harvey-Dryden Field. The Knights defeated the visiting Owls 9-0, 11-9 and 7-0 after five innings of play per game.

Jamie Pinkston had seven strikeouts during her time in the circle, allowed no runs and picked up her first two wins of the season. Freshman Cassandra Pacheco started game two and recorded two strikeouts of her own and picked up the first win of her collegiate career.

The Knights combined for 31 hits, 23 stolen bases, and 27 runs against the visiting Owls throughout the three games. In the first game, left fielder Reilly Anderson bunted for a single and stole second to get a nine-run rally started. McKenzie Packard singled to center to pick up her first two of four RBI on the day. Packard then stole third for her first of four steals on the day.

Pinkston and Mckell LaJeunesse followed suit to pick up one RBI apiece. Maggie Tafua had her first hit of the season and picked up an RBI. Kelsey Bair and Katie Evans singled to pick up two RBI apiece to bring the score to 9-0.

A competitive second game saw both teams score in nearly every inning. The Owls came out and scored two runs in the top of the first, four runs in the third and three in the fourth. The Knights answered back with five in the first inning, two in the third inning and four in the fourth inning. Evans, Hegsted, Packard, Pacheco, Tafua, LainieThompson and Pinkston recorded hits while Bair had her first triple of the season.

 The Knight bats came alive early in game three as they scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and one in the second inning. Taylor Cochran of Maine-Presque Isle managed a hit off of Pinktson, but was left stranded to close the inning.

McKenzie Cox earned her first triple of the season to start the six run rally for the Knights. Evans picked up an RBI with her third double of the season. LaJeunesse, Hegsted, Packard, Pinkston, Thompson and Bair found their way to the base path to help bring in five more runs.

Hegsted reached second on an error and stole third in the bottom of the second inning to get into scoring position once again. Pinkston hit a single to pick up the last RBI of the night and lead the Owls 7-0.

Krista Coffi was in the circle for the Owls in game one and picked up her sixth loss. Katlyn Dow pitched game two and picked up her fourth loss while Whitney Donovan threw game three and added her second loss.

The Knights resume league play with a doubleheader at Mary Washington scheduled for Friday beginning at 3 p.m. in Fredericksburg, Va.