2017 Softball Season Recap

2017 Softball Season Recap

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University softball team recorded 11 wins this season, the highest number of victories since an 11-win 2012 season.

The first win of the season came during a split doubleheader at home on March 2, against Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Roanoke College. The rest of the wins came from two-game sweeps, with four sweeps coming at home.

Sophomore Tara Hilton (Henderson, Nev.) led the Knights this season with a batting average of .314 and a team-high 21 RBIs. She was followed in both categories by shortstop Mykayla Johnson (Fredericksburg, Va.) who performed extremely well in Capital Athletic Conference play with 10 of her 15 RBIs and a .368 average.

Melanie Peyton (Powhatan, Va.), Rachael Moore (Medford, Ore.), Megan Stapley (Alpine, Utah), and Mollie Gabbert (Bakersfield, Calif.) each recorded double-digit RBIs on the season. Megan Harmon (Buena Vista, Va.) scored 17 runs, Heather Terranova (Whittier, Calif.) and Madison Rigby (Blackfoot, Idaho) also had double digit runs score.

Harmon and Stapley, the Knights' pair of freshmen pitchers combined for 142 strikeouts and an ERA of 6.80. Stapley earned four wins in 16 starts, Harmon recorded seven wins in 22 starts.

Southern Virginia had just one senior (Losehina Aetonu) and two juniors (Gabbert and Katierose Helems) on the roster.

"We spent a lot of time on fundamentals this season," commented head coach Kortny Hall. "As the season progressed we really improved. We are excited for next year in having more returning players than ever before."