By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — After narrowly falling 4-3 in game one against Wesley College, the Southern Virginia University softball team took game two, 9-8 for its third Capital Athletic Conference win of the season and a final home victory for seniors Mollie Gabbert and Katierose Helems.
In game one, the Knights (14-19, 3-7 CAC) held the Wolverines (12-3-2, 2-7-1 CAC) scoreless during the first three innings, before allowing a pair of runs in the fourth and in the fifth.
Southern Virginia was able to get two of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth as Helems scored Bethanie Hudson on an RBI single followed by a Heather Terranova sacrifice fly to score Helems. After a scoreless sixth and top half of the seventh, the Knights were able to capitalize on a Wesley error to get one run in the seventh but weren't able to bring anyone else across the plate and fell 4-3.
Pitcher Megan Harmon only allowed six hits in the affair, striking out a pair in the loss.
Both teams came out swinging in game two with the Knights gaining the upper hand after allowing one run in the first but scoring two in the bottom of the inning. The runs came from a Mollie Gabbert RBI followed by a Mykayla Johnson single to score Tara Hilton.
Each team doubled its score in the second inning with unearned runs. The Knights' runs came from a Harmon squeeze bunt which brought Helems across the plate. After the bunt, Hilton singled to right to score Terranova and give Southern Virginia the 4-2 advantage.
More runs came in the third inning as Wesley opened the frame with a three-run homer to take a 5-4 lead. The Knights quickly answered back, scoring three of their own with two coming from a Terranova double.
Another Terranova RBI in the fifth inning gave the Knights a three-run lead with six outs to go. Wesley challenged the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth with no outs, but Southern Virginia was able to escape without any more damage.
Gabbert scored the final run for the home team, coming in the bottom of the sixth from a Jordan Stites double to left. Wesley's single run in the seventh wasn't enough to play the bottom of the inning, and the Knights earned a 9-8 triumph.
"I'm proud of how we have improved over the course of this season and improved just throughout today," first-year head coach Tiffane Pendleton said. "It was great for our seniors to win their final game at Harvey-Dryden Field and to get another CAC win under our belts."
Megan Harmon earned the win in the circle, her 11th of the season. Terranova led all players in game two with three RBIs and was a perfect 2-2 from the plate with two runs and a walk.
Helems finished 3-5 on the day with three runs, Gabbert doubled, scored, and batted in one run.
The Knights head to Christopher Newport and Mary Washington on Friday and Saturday for the final two doubleheaders of the regular season.