Softball slugs three dingers in doubleheader split with Southern Virginia

Softball slugs three dingers in doubleheader split with Southern Virginia

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Wesley College softball team split a road Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) doubleheader with the Southern Virginia Knights on Saturday.

Two runs in the fourth and fifth innings propelled Wesley to a 4-3 win over Southern Virginia the first game of the doubleheader.

When the first two batters of the fourth reached for Wesley, Karina Cardona hit an RBI double to left field to score Brandi Dalious and Dori Loukopoulos.

Wesley doubled their lead to four runs in the fifth when Dalious hit a two-run homer to left-center field. Southern Virginia got two runs back in the fifth and a run in the seventh, but Abbey Mayse was able to strand the tying run at second base to get the CAC win.

Dalious went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the offense. Cardona also drove in two runs on a pair of hits.

Mayse registered a complete game for her fourth win of the season. Mayse only allowed five hits and three unearned runs in seven innings.

Wesley and Southern Virginia battled back-and-forth in the second game of the doubleheader, but SVU was able to edge Wesley, 9-8 in the finale.

Wesley scored first in the top of the first inning when Loukopoulos knocked in Megan DiRubbio with an RBI single to center field. Southern Virginia took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.

Miranda Kinney was able to tie the game back at two in the second inning when she reached on an error by the SVU shortstop to score Cardona from third. SVU regained the lead, 4-2 with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Ashley Royer smacked a three-run home run to left field to put Wesley back up 5-4 in the third inning. It was Royer's second home run of the season. SVU responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to go up, 7-5.

After Southern Virginia added a run in the fifth, Wesley cut the lead to 8-7 in the sixth when Cardona launched a two-run home run to center field.

Southern Virginia added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to head into the seventh ahead 9-7 on Wesley. Bianca Newsom was able to score on an RBI groundout by Dalious. Wesley got the tying run to the plate, but Southern Virginia was able to force a groundout to end the game.

Royer went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Cardona drove in two on her home run in the fifth and scored twice. Loukopoulos tallied two hits, an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

The Wolverines (12-13-2, 2-7-1 CAC) will take a break from CAC play when they travel to St. David's, Pa. to take on the Eastern Eagles in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.