BUENA VISTA, Va. — After falling in five innings to Ferrum College in game one, the Southern Virginia University softball team bounced back with a 6-0 shutout of the Panthers in game two for the doubleheader split at Harvey-Dryden Field Tuesday evening.
The Knights (8-12) fell behind early in game one, after allowing two runs in the first and second innings. In the top of the fifth, the Panthers' (18-10) Cheyenne Strickland hit a grand slam, giving Ferrum a 9-0 lead, and Southern Virginia was unable to overcome the deficit.
Game two was an entirely different story, as the Knights shut out the Panthers, allowing just four hits off of pitcher Megan Harmon.
Southern Virginia first scored in the third inning as third basemen Caitlin Barber took the first pitch of the inning over the left-field fence.
Barber led off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Knights, crushing the first pitch of the inning to nearly the same spot over the left fielder for back-to-back solo shots. In the sixth, Barber recorded her third RBI of the game on a single to centerfield. She scored later in the inning on a Katierose Helems single.
Harmon struck out a pair of Panthers in the win.
The Knights head to Penn St.-Harrisburg on Saturday for the first Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.