Softball is on fire, winning 12 in a row

The Highland Cavalier softball team (30-19, 18-10 MSC) finished the regular season winning 13 out of the last 14 games. 

Junior pitcher Rachel Hawks delivers a pitch against the University of Rio Grande RedStorm on April 22. The Cavs won the doubleheader 2-1 and 10-2. Hawks collected wins for both games and improves to a 19-10 record on the season. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier
Junior pitcher Rachel Hawks delivers a pitch against the University of Rio Grande RedStorm on April 22. The Cavs won the doubleheader 2-1 and 10-2. Hawks collected wins for both games and improves to a 19-10 record on the season. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier

An April 10 matchup versus Shawnee State saw the first shutout in the career of pitcher Rachel Hawks, as she went seven innings and struck out seven batters in a game one, 2-0 victory. However UVa-Wise would fall in game two 5-1.

April 12 would see Hawks earn another shutout against Southern Virginia University 8-0 in game one. Kristina Romualdo and Charity Lawson both homered, while Sarah Wiltshire, Allyssa Zebrowski and Megan Dillion collected two hits apiece in the victory.

In game two the bats were still popping, as center fielder Christina Ziemba led the way for UVa-Wise with a three RBI day. Dillion and Wiltshire picked up two more hits in the 9-2 victory.

The team traveled to Williamsburg Ky., matching wits with the University of the Cumberlands. In the first game, Dillion was perfect from the plate, hitting a homer and driving in five runs. Zebrowski was perfect from the plate as well as the Cavs won in five innings 12-2.

Game two saw UVa-Wise collect nine and score six runs en route to a 6-1 win and a complete sweep of Cumberlands. Romualdo and Dillion combined for four RBIs, with two each.

For their efforts during the week, Hawks and Zebrowski both earned Mid-South Pitcher and Player of the Week honors.

The Cavs went back to work on April 15, visiting Bluefield College to complete another sweep of a Conference opponent. In game one, Rachel Fischer collected two hits and drove in two runners in the 6-1 victory.

Game two was the Charity Lawson show, as she hit three runs in the first inning before smacking a grand slam in the fourth. Lawson’s offensive production game way to a 17-1 victory.

Pikeville came to town on April 18, and Lawson to continued to swing a hot bat as she hit her second grand slam of the week. Lawson’s power aided the Cavs in a first inning that produced 11 runs, as they dropped Pikeville 13- 4 in five innings.

In game two, the Cavaliers had to play catch-up as they fell behind 4-1 after four-and-a-half innings. The lights came on in the bottom of the fifth as UVa-Wise scored seven runs to go up 7-4, the team would hold on for an 8-6 win as Lannie Johnston earned the win and Hawks notched a save.

April 20 saw Romualdo hit her 11th home run on the season, which ties the mark set by Brittani Lawson in 2008 in game one. Dillion added a homer as well, in the 11-2 win versus Saint Catharine College.

Game two saw a slower pace as Lawson, Zebrowski and Dillion tallied the only hits for the Cavs, while Hawks threw seven complete innings, striking out five batters, and earning her second win of the day.

On April 22, Hawks and Lawson were named Mid-South Conference Softball Players of the week.

Hawks earned the honor for the second consecutive week, while this was the first that Lawson garnered Conference honors.

To celebrate the honors, the Cavs swept their fifth Conference opponent in a row as they took down the University of Rio Grande 2-1 in game one and 10-2 in the second game.

It is the first time since 2009 that the softball team has recorded 30 wins. UVa-Wise begins the Mid-South Conference Tournament, with a 10 a.m. battle against Shawnee State in Kingsport, Tenn.

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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