By Laura Tome
Southern Virginia University (5-22) vs. Guilford (24-12)
Date: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
Start Time: 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Location: Harvey-Dryden Field (Buena Vista, Va.)
Southern Virginia is looking to compete at a higher level than previously demonstrated as they face Guilford College for a second time this season. The Knights were scheduled to play Guilford College earlier this season, but had to end the games early due to a lack of light. The Quakers took advantage of the Knights' sloppy defense early in game one as they scored 14 runs in one inning. The Knights are determined to prove they can compete at a much higher level.
About the Knights
The Knights recently lost a twinbill to ODAC member Randolph-Macon in five innings each. The Knights have a combined .222 batting average, 123 hits and an 8.91 earned run average.
Sophomore shortstop Cheyenne Hegsted continues to lead the Knights with a .375 batting average and a .420 on-base percentage and 18 steals. Freshman McKenzie Packard leads the Knights with 11 runs batted in, two triples and trails Hegsted with 10 steals. Hegsted and Packard have one homerun apiece.
Southern Virginia will look for consistency on defense and be aggressive at the plate to pick up two more victories.
About the Quakers
The Quakers recently swept Bridgewater in a double header on Wednesday. As a team, the Quakers are averaging a .327 batting average and .387 on-base percentage. The Quakers have a combined 33 steals, 335 hits and 168 runs batted in.
Senior Cynthia Hayes leads the Quakers with an impressive .553 batting average, a team high of 63 hits, a .671 on-base percentage and has six steals. Behind Hayes are juniors Marty Wilcox and Rachel Howard. Wilcox leads the team with 34 runs batted in and seven home runs. Howard has only four strikeouts in 108 at bats this season and has the second-best batting average of .389.
The Quakers' pitching staff has a combined 3.24 earned run average and is led by sophomore Maggie Shaffer. Shaffer has a 2.76 earned run average after 106.2 innings on the mound and has limited opponents to a .249 batting average. She has recorded 52 strikeouts and 40 walks.