BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team fell short in its doubleheader Thursday night at Harvey-Dryden Field against Bridgewater College, dropping game one 9-0 and game two 8-6 in extra innings.
After a scoreless opening inning in the first game, the Eagles (12-3) managed to build a 3-0 lead in the second inning behind a pair of home runs from Brooklynn Fridley and Sydney Layman.
The Knights (2-10) held the Eagles scoreless over the next three innings of play until a big sixth inning propelled Bridgewater to a 9-0 lead behind seven hits generating six runs and leaving two on base. Southern Virginia, in its final attempts at the plate, was unable to overcome the deficit falling 9-0 in game one.
Kylee Christensen suffers the loss for Southern Virginia throwing six innings.
Brantley Swift earns the win for the Eagles, throwing six innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
The Knights trailed the Eagles 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning when Sophia Badell put Southern Virginia on the board, hitting her third home run of the season on a solo shot to center field cutting the deficit to three.
Bridgewater added another run in the fourth after a scoreless third inning to hold a 5-1 lead. The Knights matched the Eagles in the bottom half of the inning with Badell recording her second hit of the game on a double that scored Johnson, making the score 5-2.
Southern Virginia trimmed the lead in the bottom of the fifth off the bat of freshman right fielder Adisen Webster, who hit her first home run as a Knight to dead centerfield—bringing the team to within two runs, 5-3.
The Knights tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning after scoring two runs. Melanie Peyton started the inning with a leadoff homer to centerfield for her first home run of the season. Following a fielder's choice, Johnson advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Badell continued her solid game with a walk followed by a Kyla Nase single loaded the bases. Bethanie Phillips walked in a run after a strong at-bat brought home Johnson to tie the game.
In extra innings, the Eagles pulled ahead 6-5 off a sacrifice fly to right field. The Knights' bats continued to deliver with Nase advancing the baserunner to third from second on a sacrifice bunt. Phillips again drove patience at the plate paid off as she singled, scoring Badell and tying the game back 6-6.
Bridgewater pulled away in the top frame of the ninth capped off by back-to-back doubles from Kaitlyn Tirona and Stephanie Carroll, each scoring two runs to lead 8-6. The Knights could not produce any runs in the bottom of the ninth inning falling 8-6.
Megan Daniels suffers the loss after tossing nine innings, allowing eight runs (five earned), two walks, and five strikeouts.
Swift earns her second win of the day, coming in relief in game two throwing two innings, allowing one run, one hit, and a walk.
Southern Virginia tallied nine hits from eight different players. Badell led the team with two hits (2-for-2), two RBIs, and a walk. Also, collecting base knocks were Peyton, Johnson, Nase, Phillips, Webster, Caitlin Barber, and Danielle Asche.