By Wesley Evans
ASHLAND, Va.—The Southern Virginia University softball team dropped both games of a double header Thursday afternoon against host Randolph Macon College by scores of 12-0 and 8-0, respectively, in Ashland, Va.
In game one, the Yellow Jacket offense ignited after a scoreless first inning by both teams. Randolph Macon put up three runs in the bottom of the second off four Southern Virginia fielding errors.
The home team went on to score five runs in the third and four more in the bottom of the fourth to help secure the five-inning victory.
Catcher Katie Evans had the lone hit for the Knights in game one with a single to the left side in the top of the first inning.
Starting pitcher Jamie Pinkston took the loss in the decision, giving up 12 runs – nine earned – on 12 hits while walking four.
Kelsey McLaughlin earned the win for the Yellow Jackets (20-10),throwing a shutout in four innings of work and giving up one hit while striking out four.
Game two featured a similar outcome as Randolph Macon led 6-0 after three complete. The biggest Southern Virginia threat came in the top of the fourth when Cheyenne Hegsted stole second after bunting for a single to lead off the inning. That was as far as she would get as the next two batters flied out and a Cassandra Pacheco groundout ended the inning.
The Yellow Jackets put up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to earn the win.
Shortstop Makenzie Cox and left fielder Reilly Anderson recorded the other two of three Southern Virginia hits.
Pacheco took the loss for the Knights (5-22), giving up eight runs – six earned – on eight hits while walking five and striking out one.
Randolph Macon starting pitcher Jenna Best picked up the victory, throwing a complete game shutout and giving up three hits while striking out two.
Softball is back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against visiting Guilford College at Harvey-Dryden Field in Buena Vista, Va.
The first game will complete an unfinished game from March 25 which had been cut short after three innings due to darkness with Guilford holding a 6-0 advantage. A complete second game will be played 20 minutes following the completion of the makeup game.