By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Coming off three consecutive wins Wednesday night, the Southern Virginia University softball team looked to continue momentum but fell in both games of a doubleheader at CAC foe Mary Washington, 6-0 and 8-0, respectively, Friday evening in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Knights (3-14) struggled from the plate in both games, earning just three hits in the first game and two in the second while the Eagles (11-6) combined for 17 hits between the two games to pick up the victories.
Game One (UMW wins, 6-0)
Ahead 1-0 after two innings, the Eagles scored two more runs in the bottom of the third. Brittnee Haynes was hit by a Jamie Pinkston pitch to score Brittany Scites before Hannah Otterman scored following a Pinkston error that advanced all runners.
Keeping the Knights scoreless after four, Mary Washington earned two more runs in the bottom of the inning when an Otterman single to center field scored Scites and Bireet Chitty.
Throwing a complete game, Pinkston picked up the loss while Otterman earned the win on the mound for the Eagles. In 24 at-bats, Southern Virginia was kept to three hits while five were fanned and four left on base. Mary Washington earned its six runs on nine hits, five RBI and three walks with just one strikeout.
Game Two (UMW wins, 8-0 (6 innings))
The Eagles again grabbed a quick 1-0 lead after one inning before increasing the margin to 4-0 after three. Katelyn Chisolm scored on a passed ball before Scites scored Chitty on a single to right field. Olivia Tatara grounded out but earned an RBI that brought in Scites from third.
Mary Washington earned three more runs in the fourth inning to bring the score to 7-0. In the bottom of the frame, a Katelyn Chisolm single to left scored Hannah Williams and Brianna D'Agata. A Chitty single to center field for an RBI then brought in Tenney for the final score of the inning.
The Eagles would earn one more insurance run in the sixth to cap the game at 8-0. Rachel Watts logged her third win of the year while the Knights' Cassandra Pacheco fell to 1-6 on the season with her loss after pitching three innings.
The Knights continue league play with a doubleheader at Christopher Newport scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Newport News, Va.