By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. – In a pair of one-run games, the Southern Virginia University softball team earned a non-conference sweep of the University of Maine-Presquie Isle Tuesday afternoon at Harvey-Dryden Field, 5-4 and 2-1.
The Knights (9-13, 0-2 CAC) were on the board early in the first game, as singles from Mollie Gabbert and Melanie Peyton each scored runs. The Owls (4-4) answered back in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead.
The bottom of the fourth proved to be a big inning as a Heather Terranova single scored Rachel Moore, a Tara Hilton sacrifice fly scored Losehina Aetonu, and a Megan Harmon double brought in Terranova.
One run in the top of the seventh cut the Knights' lead to one, but they were able to hold on for the win.
Megan Stapley earned her third win of the season in the circle, recording six strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Southern Virginia scored runs in the second and third innings. Pinch runner Katierose Helems first scored on a wild pitch; later, Hilton scored on a Harmon single.
Megan Harmon shut down the Owls through six innings, with eight strikeouts. The visitors snagged a run in the seventh, but the Knights were able to get out of a bases-loaded jam and hold on for the win.
The softball team will continue Capital Athletic Conference action on Friday and Saturday at Wesley and Salisbury. First pitch in Dover, Del. Is schedule for 3 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. in Salisbury, Md. On Saturday.