Cavalier softball extends winning streak to eight

WISE, Va. - UVa-Wise continued its winning ways by sweeping visiting University of Pikeville in softball action on Thursday. The Cavaliers scored 13 runs en route to a 13-4, five inning victory in the opener before rallying to win game two 8-6. The doubleheader sweep extended the club’s winning streak to eight consecutive games.

Charity Lawson hit her second grand slam of the week when she launched a pitch over the right field fence in the bottom of the first of game one. In total, UVa-Wise (26-19, 14-10 MSC) scored 11 of its 13 runs in the opening inning.

In the game, Christina Ziemba went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Rachel Fischer added two RBIs, and Sarah Wiltshire scored a pair of runs in the victory.

In the loss, UPike (15-24, 6-18 MSC) received two hits from Heather Maynard as she scored a run and knocked in a run.

Rachel Hawks earned the win by tossing all five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. The right hander struck out four and walked one as her record improved to 15-10.

Game two saw the Bears jump out to a 4-1 lead in the game’s first two innings. Courtney Morgan lined a two-RBI in the top of the first inning to give UPike a 2-0 lead.

In the home half of the frame, Allyssa Zebrowski singled in Sarah Wiltshire with two outs to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Bears would add two more runs in the top of the second inning as Kayla Brown hit a solo homerun before UPike added a second run on a UVa-Wise error.

The score would remain 4-1 until the fifth inning when UVa-Wise scored seven runs to take a lead it would not relinquish.

In the inning, Megan Dillion, Fischer, and Kirsten Velazquez all had an RBI while Ziemba and Kristina Romualdo both had two RBIs in the big frame.

Trailing 8-4, the Bears would score a single run in the sixth inning as Brandi Jo Howard tripled in Brown to cut the lead to three.

Following a scoreless bottom of the sixth, UPike would mount one final surge with two outs in the seventh. Courtney Morgan singled in Emily Castle to make the score 8-6. With the tying run at the plate, UVa-Wise brought game one starter Rachel Hawks on in effort to record the save. The junior was up to the task as she retired Jordyn Hale on strikes to complete the sweep.

The Cavaliers are scheduled to be back in action on Friday at 2:00 p.m. when the team entertains Mid-South Conference foe St. Catharine for a home doubleheader.


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