BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team picked up their first sweep of the season, defeating the Roanoke Maroons Friday night winning game one 8-6 and game two 7-3.
In the first game, the Knights (6-16) scored a pair of runs in each of the first three innings to take an early 6-0 lead.
In the fourth and fifth innings, the Maroons (10-9) answered back scoring a total of six runs to tie the game 6-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Krystal Kemp started off the Knights with a single to center field. The next batter hit a fly ball to left field that was dropped but managed to throw Kemp at second for the first out. The Knights advanced Bethanie Hudson to second on a sacrifice bunt. Mykayla Johnson entered the batter's box and ended the game with style smashing a walk-off home run to center sealing the Knights' win 8-6.
Five different Knights tallied a hit against the Maroons with Heather Terranova along with Johnson each connecting on their first home runs of the season. Tara Caputo also drove in a pair of runs.
Junior Megan Harmon tossed a complete-game, striking out three picking up the win.
The second game of the doubleheader was more Knights as they totaled four runs in the bottom of the second to build a sizeable lead.
Southern Virginia tacked on one more run two innings later to now lead 5-0.
The Maroons got on the board in the top of the fifth in an attempt to chip at the Knights lead.
The Knights added two more runs on Terranova's second homer of the day to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Roanoke College added two more runs in the third but the Knights large lead was too much for them to overcome falling 7-3.
The Knights' defense held strong despite multiple occasions facing situations with the bases loaded recording several double plays in the game.
The Knights collected nine hits, Matea Manuleleua led the team with two hits while Terranova led the team with three RBI's. Caitlin Barber, Jordan Stites, Hudson, and Harmon each also picked up an RBI.
Harmon recorded her second win on the day after going 3.2 innings and allowing just one hit. Harmon after today's game surpassed 200 career strikeouts mark. Melanie Peyton came in to relieve Harmon going 3.1 innings in the winning effort.
"I am very proud of the way we played today," said Head Coach Tiffane Pendleton. "Each player properly executed what they set out to do today. Our offense went to work, allowing us to hit across the entire ball field. Defensively, we made smart plays and kept runners from crossing the plate."
Southern Virginia travels to Emory & Henry Tuesday, Mar. 26 for a doubleheader matchup starting at 3:00 p.m.