HARRISONBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team fell short Monday afternoon in their doubleheader against Eastern Mennonite, losing 6-4 in game one and 10-6 game two.
The Royal (10-4) opened the game scoring three runs that came by way of a throwing error.
The Knights (4-16) generated two runs in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Megan Harmon and the following batter, Heather Terranova doubled in another run to chip at the Royals lead making the score 3-2.
The Royals added a run in the bottom of the second on a middle up the middle to take a 4-2 lead.
The Knights trailed 5-2 heading into the top of the sixth when Jordan Stites recorded an RBI single to pull the Knights within two.
Eastern Mennonite tacked on one final run in the bottom of the sixth to give them a three-run advantage. The Knights attempted a comeback with Krystal Kemp collecting a sacrifice fly RBI but the Royals defense managed to withstand the comeback recording the 6-4 win.
The Knights tallied seven hits on 27 at-bats. Terranova and Mykayla Johnson both recorded a double in the loss. Harmon went six innings for the Knights with five strikeouts and three earned runs.
In game two, the Knights took a 1-0 lead when Bethanie Hudson hit an RBI double.
The bottom of the first inning was all the Royals needed as they put up 10 runs for the inning to now lead 10-1.
The Knights scored five more runs coming in the third and sixth innings but the big first inning from the Royals sealed the game with the final score 10-6.
Hudson led the Knights offense with a double and triple with three RBI's. Kemp, Tara Caputo, and Stites each recorded an RBI in the loss.
The Knights offense combined for 10 hits while hitting .313 for the game. The pitching pair of Melanie Peyton and Harmon allowed just two hits with 10 strikeouts.
Southern Virginia returns home for a doubleheader with Roanoke College Thursday, Mar. 21 starting at 4:00 p.m.