Head coach Karen Bitter’s Cavs have arguably been one of the best teams in Mountain East Conference play this season and had a chance to claim the inaugural MEC softball regular season championship.
The Cavs unable to make that dream a reality as they dropped two games to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles on April 26. The Cavs made up for those two losses against West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets April 27 with a sweep and securing the two seed in the upcoming MEC tournament.
The Cavs finished the regular season with a 33-16 record and a 20-6 record in MEC play, falling just short of an MEC regular season title. But they still have a chance in conference play.
The MEC conference tournament begins Thursday in Salem, Va., and the Cavs will be in action at 7:30 p.m. as they will face the winner of the West Virginia State/Shepherd game.
Cavs vs. Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles played spoiler as they took a dramatic game one victory over the Cavs that took extra innings.
The Cavs and Golden Eagles were locked into a pitchers duel in game one of the doubleheader. The Golden Eagles scored the first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth and the Cavs answered back with a RBI by senior Megan Dillion to tie the game at one apiece.
Heading into the final inning of play the Golden Eagles controlled a 4-1 lead over the Cavs. In the top of the seventh the Cavs were backed against the wall. A Charity Lawson RBI single and a clutch three-run home run off the bat of Mindy Combs put the Cavs ahead 5-4.
The Golden Eagles battled back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at five apiece. Andrea Hayes scored the winning run for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the tenth inning as she scored on a wild pitch to give the Golden Eagles to 6-5 victory over the Cavs in a game that took almost three hours to play.
Senior Rachel Hawks took the hard luck loss for the Cavs in relief work.
Game two was all Golden Eagles as they defeated the Cavs 5-0. The Cavs only managed six hits in the ballgame.
Cavs vs. Yellow Jackets
The Cavs wrapped the regular season with a sweep of West Virginia State on April 27. The Cavs took game one 5-0 and game two 14-8.
In game one the Cavs raced out to an early 3-0 lead scoring two runs on errors. Freshman Alexa Hernandez and sophomore Christina Ziemba knocked in a run each in the fourth to give the Cavs a 5-0 win.
Freshman Taylor Brandts picked up the win in game one while only allowing five hits and striking out seven.
In game two it was a slugfest between the two teams that saw the Cavs put together their greatest comeback on the season and their best inning on the season.
Heading into the top of the seventh, the Cavs found themselves down 8-2 and desperately needing the victory.
The Cavs scored 12 runs on nine hits while the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State committed four errors.
The inning saw three RBI by Combs giving her four on the day and Lawson who drove in three runs in the inning.
Dillion finished the game with three hits and three RBI.