BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Mary Baldwin University softball team split a nonconference doubleheader with Southern Virginia, dropping the first game, 2-1, before coming back with an 8-3 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Fighting Squirrels move to 3-9 on the season overall, while the Knights slide to 4-14 on the year.
In the second game of the afternoon, Lindsay Simmons drew a lead-off walk to start the game before coming around to score on an RBI single to center by Madison Cash, 1-0. SVU responded in the home half of the frame with three runs on three hits to pull ahead 3-1.
MBU had a three-run inning of its own to assume the lead in the top of the second inning as Lacey Pugh walked and moved to third on a double by Courteney Back before scoring on a Claudia Dingman single, 3-2, while Back and Dingman both scored with one out in the inning. Jordan Miller added to the lead in the fourth frame with a two-run homer to left, 5-2, and Kendall Field pushed across two insurance runs in the seventh with a two-run single to set the score at 8-3.
Morgan Hughes tossed 6.0 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory after scattering five hits and striking out one batter. Megan Harmon surrendered six runs (five earned) to take the loss.
Miller was 2 for 3 at the plate for the Fighting Squirrels with a pair of RBI, while Dingman scored twice, recorded an RBI and drew two walks. As a team, MBU walked eight times at the plate. For the Knights, Tara Hilton pushed two runs across home plate in the loss.
In Game 1, the Fighting Squirrels went ahead early as Dingman scored on an error, 1-0. The score held until the fifth as SVU took advantage of an error and went up 2-1.
MBU was held to just three hits in the contest, including two by Simmons. For the Knights, five different players recorded a hit.
Simmons was strapped with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 3.0 innings of work. Megan Harmon pitched a complete game to record her first win of the season. She struck out three and scattered just three hits.
Mary Baldwin returns home tomorrow, March 17, for a doubleheader with former USA South-member Ferrum set to begin at 1 pm.