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April 9, 2014

Softball Drops Home Doubleheader Against Frostburg State

By Wesley Evans

BUENA VISTA, Va. -- The Southern Virginia University softball team dropped both games of its twinbill against Frostburg State University by respective scores of 8-0 and 24-9 Wednesday night at Harvey-Dryden Field in Buena Vista, Va.

In game one, the Bobcats (12-7, 4-2 CAC) got off to a quick start as the first batter of the game, catcher Caitlin Lovend, drove a homerun to deep center field to take a 1-0 lead. Frostburg State continued its offense in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Bobcat starting pitcher Hannah Tavik helped herself in those innings by hitting two homeruns of her own, one solo and one two-run shot, to drive in three runs.

Southern Virginia threatened in the bottom of the fourth when freshman McKenzie Packard singled up the middle. Reilly Anderson and Morgan Young both walked to load the bases before a Lainie Thompson strikeout would end the rally. The Knights had two hits in the game with Anderson picking up the other hit in the second inning.

Starting Knight pitcher Jamie Pinkston took the loss in the decision for Southern Virginia.

Game two featured an ignited Southern Virginia offense as the Knights scored four runs in the first two innings of play. In the bottom of the first, freshman Katie Evans and sophomore Cheyenne Hegsted crossed the plate to even the score at two apiece, after the Bobcats notched two runs in the top half.  Frostburg went on to put up five more runs in the top of the second.

In the bottom of the second, Kelsey Bair reached base on a walk before Evans landed a homerun over the right centerfield wall, her first of the season, to cut the Knight deficit to 7-4.

Frostburg State, however, answered right back with six runs of its own in the top half of the third to extend its lead to 13-4. It would go on to tack on five more runs in the fourth before Southern Virginia cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth, making the lead 18-6. The fifth inning had both teams score runs with the Bobcats having six runners cross the plate and the Knights getting three before the game ended.

Softball gets only one night of rest as it will travel to Bridgewater College Thursday for a doubleheader makeup from March 25.  The first game will start at 3:30 pm.