The Highland Cavalier softball team has jumped out of the gates firing on all cylinders, recording an impressive 6-1 record to open the 2013 season.
The Cavs opened the season at home on Feb. 10 against The University of Charleston.
In game one, UVa-Wise edged out the Golden Eagles in a battle of tug of war.
The bats of junior Kristina Romualdo and freshman Christina Ziemba, combined for five hits and four runs, en route to the come-from-behind victory.
In game two, the Cavaliers began to not only battle the Golden Eagles, but the elements as well when it began raining. The game was suspended in the top of the fourth with Charleston leading 13-9 and will be completed when the Cavs travel to the capitol city of West Virginia on March 24.
Head Coach Karen Bitter’s squad continued its winning ways when they visited Milligan College on Feb. 14.
Starting pitcher junior Rachel Hawks threw a gem in the doubleheader’s first set, pitching a complete game while allowing one run for a 7-1 victory.
Offensively, four RBI from the duo of junior Megan Dillion and freshman Rachel Fisher aided the Cavs.
In game two of the Milligan frame, freshman pitcher Kellie Waycaster recorded her first win and shut-out in a Cavalier uniform in a mercy-rule-shortened game 11-0. UVa-Wise racked up 10 hits in the win, with junior Charity Lawson leading the charge with three runs.
On Feb. 23, the Cavs traveled to the University of Pikeville, the first Mid-South Conference tilt of the year. In the first part of the twin bill, UVa-Wise took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but things began to unravel and the team surrendered three runs to lose 3-2 in the final frame.
The Cavaliers struck back with a vengeance in the second set. The bats woke up and paved the way for a 12-6 victory, as the team scored in all but one inning at bat.
Lawson went 4 of 5 from the plate, while junior Allyssa Zebrowski collected three hits, scoring four runs.
UVa-Wise returned home on Feb 24 to battle Salem International University. In game one, Hawks had another strong play, as she recorded her first shout out of the season.
The game ended due to the mercy rule after Zebrowski went long-yard for the first time this season. The Cavs blanked the visitors 9-0.
The second game was much of the same for UVa-Wise, as the team worked up a 8-1 victory. Waycaster allowed one run on six hits, as the offense marked up 10 hits.
On Feb 28 the team returned to Mid-South action in Lebanon, Tenn., to battle Cumberland University.
The Cavaliers posted a clean sweep of the Bulldogs. In game one, UVa-Wise scored a combination of three in the final two frames to outlast the home team 5-3. Fischer collected three hits in the effort.
Game two saw an offensive explosion, as the Cav, led by a seven-RBI day from Dillion destroyed Cumberland 14-3.
March 3 saw the Cavs fall to Limestone College 4-1 and Queens University of Charlotte 7-5 in Spartanburg S.C.
The 8-3 softball team returns to action on March 10 against Virginia Intermont College at home on Cavalier Field.