After playing its first 19 games on the road, head coach Karen Bitter’s UVa-Wise softball team was happy to be in a familiar play, Cavalier Field. The Cavs went 13-9 on the road to start the season.
The Cavs returned home March 22 to host the Shepherd University Rams in the first ever Mountain East Conference softball game in school history.
It wasn’t long until the Rams were history as the Cavs powered their way to 11-0 and 12-3 wins over the Rams in the doubleheader.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Cavs got off to a fast start by loading the bases. Senior Charity Lawson belted a grand slam to clear the bases and give the Cavs an early 4-0 lead. Senior Megan Dillion followed suit by picking up a solo home run extending the Cavs lead to 5-0 after the first inning.
The Cavs would go on to score six more runs in game one of the doubleheader highlighted by a two-RBI double by Lawson in the second and a two-RBI triple by sophomore Christina Ziemba in the third to give the Cavs a 11-0 win over the Rams.
Lawson led the Cavs with six RBI on the day while senior Rachel Hawks held the Rams scoreless while scattering around three hits.
In game two, the Rams jumped out to an early 2-0 lead highlighted on four hits off of freshman starter Hailey Glover. The Rams lead was short lived as senior Kristina Romualdo crushed a three-run shot to left field to give the Cavs the lead back.
The Cavs would score three runs in the third and four in the fourth. Dillion highlighted the fourth with another home run plating two.
Romualdo came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with the Cavs needing two runs to rule-run the Rams, Romualdo hit a monstrous two-run home run over the scoreboard into the parking lot in center field to give the Cavs a 12-3 win and the sweep.
Sophomore Kellie Waycaster pitched four strong innings of relief to pick up the win as she allowed one run on three hits.
The Cavs would be plagued by rain the rest of the week, but were able to host the Concord University Mountain Lions on March 27 for an MEC doubleheader.
Game one looked to be a blowout as the Cavs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first highlighted by a three-run home run by sophomore Mindy Combs.
The Mountain Lions would battle back and tie the game at seven apiece in the top of the seventh on a Lauren Lewis solo home run.
The Cavs answered back with the walk-off win as freshmen Alexa Hernandez lined up a based hit up the middle platting Dillion to give the Cavs a thrilling 8-7 win over their MEC rivals.
In game two versus the Mountain Lions, the Cavs would again plate six runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavs would later add four runs in the third as they cruised to an easy 10-2 win and the sweep of the Mountain Lions.
With the two doubleheader sweeps, the Cavs moved to 17-6 on the season and 4-0 in MEC play.
The Cavs will be back in action today as they host Fairmont State University for a MEC doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.