BUENA VISTA, Va. Trailing late in both games against Virginia State, the Southern Virginia Softball team was able to mount comebacks to win the double-headers 4-3 and 5-4. The wins for the Knights pushes their win streak to 8 games. The wins did not come easy as the visitors put up fights in both games, and had victory in their grasp before the comebacks from the Knights swung the wins to the hosts.
SVU fell behind early to the Trojans, as VSU went up 1-0 in the first inning. The Knights fell behind by two in the fourth inning before they answered in the bottom of the fourth to get to within one. Amanda Otto hit a solo homerun to get the Knights back into the game and set them up for a comeback in the sixth inning.
Kyla Christmas started the comeback with a double, and got the Knights going with the tying runs. Otto came home and Arianne Holmes finished up the scoring for the hosts as they took a 4-2 lead that would be enough for the win.
The game did not end without some late drama as the Trojans were able to get the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, and had a runner cross home plate to get within one of the Knights. Christmas ended all hopes for the visitors as she struck out the last batter for VSU to get the out and the win for the Knights.
SVU looked to rush out to the lead in the second game as they got one run across home plate, as Otto singled in Lyndsay Mellor for the early lead. VSU tied things up in the top of the second inning and a stalemate ensued until the Trojans were able to tack on a run in the to of the sixth for the 2-1 lead.
SVU put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a lead, and needing only three outs for the win. VSU did not oblige tacking on 2-runs in the top of the seventh.
Christmas had worked hard to help herself get a win in the first game, and ensured she got the second win as she hit a walk-off 2-run homerun to give the hosts the 5-4 win, and the 4-game sweep of the Trojans.
Christmas pitched all seven innings in both games. She gave up a total of 15-hits during both games, and struck out 6-hitters during both competitions. She inherited 5-earned runs while facing 64-batters total in both games. The wins pushed her overall season record to 8-1.
SVU is now 9-3 on the season. The team heads back into action March 22, when they host University of Maine- Presque Isle. The double header begins at 2:00 pm at Laurel Park.