The UVa-Wise softball team went into the weekend with two very important softball serieses with the first place West Virginia Wesleyan College Bobcats on Saturday April 12 and the Glenville State College Pioneers Sunday April 13. The Cavaliers were coming off of being swept by fellow NCAA Division II member Mars Hill earlier in the week.
The Cavs found themselves in a pitchers duel in game one versus the Bobcats. Jacqui Omichinski struck out nine Cav batters and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. Senior Rachel Hawks was just as impressive as she only allowed four hits and struck out one. The Bobcats only needed one run in the ball game as they defeated the Cavs 1-0.
In game two, the Cavs bats came alive as they scored 10 runs in 12 hits on their way to a 10-1 win over the Bobcats. Sophomore Mindy Combs led the way for the Cavs with a two-run home run in the fourth and a two-RBI single in the sixth giving her four RBI on the day. Senior Taylor Brandts picked up the win while only allowing four hits and striking out four.
The Cavs split with the first place Bobcats and looked to sweep the Pioneers to gain more ground in Mountain East Conference play.
The Pioneers struck first in game one, but the Cavs bats battled back and scored five runs in the sixth inning. The five runs were highlighted by a Christina Ziemba two-RBI double. Senior Kristina Romualdo also added two RBI of her own in the contest as the Cavs took a 7-1 decision over the Pioneers.
Hawks allowed three hits, one run and struck out four to move to 11-6 on the season.
The Cavs put on a hitting and pitching display in game two as they defeated the Pioneers 10-0. Senior Allyssa Zebrowski, sophomore Rachel Fischer and freshman Alexa Hernandez collected two RBI each.
Senior Megan Dillion clubbed her seventh home run on the season in the contest.
Brandts continued to dominated MEC competition while picking up her 15 win while tossing a one hit ballgame and striking out six Pioneer batters.
The Cavs went 3-1 on the roadtrip and moved to 26-11 on the season and 13-3 in MEC play.
The last place West Liberty University Hilltoppers come to Cavalier Field Thursday to take on the Cavs with the doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The Cavs will host the Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals Friday for the last home softball game of the season with first pitch set for 2 p.m.