Romualdo powers through March

March was a rocky month for the softball team. Junior infielder Kristina Romualdo’s offensive production at the plate earned her conference honors and team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent, but ultimately fell to 6-10 for the month.

The Cavs couldn’t continue February’s 8-1 streak and the overall record now stands at 14-11.

To start the month off, UVa-Wise traveled to Spartanburg S.C. on March 3, dropping decisions to Limestone College and Queens University of Charlotte.

Seven days later the Cavs returned home March 10 to battle Virginia Intermont College, in which the team dropped both games in the doubleheader. UVa-Wise was blanked in game one 7-0, before falling to the Cobras in the second set 6-2.

Junior shortstop Allyssa Zebrowski provided the day’s lone highlight, producing a two-run home run, her second of the season.

On March 13, UVa-Wise flexed its offensive muscle in sweep of the Knights of Southern Virginia, winning game one 12-1 in five innings, then 13-5 in the second game. Romualdo led the way with two homers on the day, batting in five runs. Sarah Wiltshire totaled four hits one the afternoon during the sweep.

Offensive woes returned to the Cavs’ lineup on March 14 during a road sweep at the hands of Mars Hill College. UVa-Wise fell in game one 4-0 before losing 4-1 in the second set. Romualdo scored the only run of the day with her third home run in two days.

On March 15 the Cavs entered a home tilt with Mid-South Conference foe No. 15 Lindsey Wilson. UVa-Wise split with the nationally-ranked Blue Raiders, winning decisively 7-2, only to drop a 10-9 heartbreaker in 11 innings.

Romualdo went long yard for the third consecutive day, along with junior infielder Megan Dillion.

For her offensive performance, Romualdo was named Mid- South Conference player of the week.

The Cavs hosted another Mid South rival in Bluefield College on March 20, posting a sweep of the Rams, winning 3-1, and 11-2 in five inning.

Junior pitcher Rachel Hawks improved her record to 7-5 on the season in the first set, while freshman Kellie Waycaster drove her record to 5-2.

Romualdo tallied another home run, while freshman Mindy Combs, freshman Rachel Fischer and junior Charity Lawson collected three hits respectively.

UVa-Wise met with the University of Charleston for the second time this season on March 22.

The teams completed a weather-suspended game from Feb. 10 in Wise for game one, which saw the Golden Eagles best the Cavs 13-11.

Game one also saw the first career home run from senior infield Kirsten Velazquez.

In game two, the Cavs struck gold winning 7-2, on the heels of a 2-3 day at the plate from freshman centerfielder Christina Ziemba.

The Cavs matched up in conference play on March 23, as they traveled to Campbellsville University. UVa-Wise played closely in the first set losing 2-1, before falling 14-1 in game two.

The softball team returns to action today versus King College at Cavalier Field for a 4 p.m. start.

Corey Sanchez

Communications major Corey Sanchez served as The Highland Cavalier's opinion editor and assistant sports editor for the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously served as a staff writer.

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