Softball Loses Conference Opener

Softball Loses Conference Opener

By Nick Porter

Buena Vista, Va.—The Southern Virginia softball team came up empty today in the home and conference opener against Penn St.-Harrisburg, losing the double header 14-0 and 11-1.

In game one the Lions (8-2, 2-0 CAC) were off to a quick start with five runs in the second inning, one in the third and fourth and then rallied seven runs in the seventh and final inning. Their 14 runs came from 12 hits against senior pitcher Jamie Pinkston and seven Knight errors. 

For the Knights (0-4, 0-2 CAC) the only hit would be from centerfielder Annie Biggs, who had a two-out double in the bottom of the third inning and was left on base. 

The Lions struck early in game two, scoring one in the top of the first. In the bottom half of the inning Biggs singled and advanced to third on a Lainie Thompson single and scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore first baseman Losehina Aetonu.

Penn St.-Harrisburg went on to score four in the second, two in the third, and four more in the fourth to win 11-1 in five innings. 

Aetonu later singled to center field and Pinkston and third baseman Makayla Brown singled in the bottom of the fourth. 

Pinkston, who pitched game one, had three strikeouts and five walks. Biggs pitched game two allowing 11 runs on 12 hits with one strikeout and one walk.

The Knights take the field again at home on Tuesday as they host Mary Baldwin College in a non-league double header beginning at 4 p.m. at Harvey-Dryden Field in Buena Vista, Virginia.