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Virginia-Wise splits with Charleston, ends MEC softball skid

By KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Apr 1, 2018 at 1:38 AM

WISE — Virginia-Wise used a tough, extra-inning loss in its first game Saturday as motivation to bounce back to win the second game of a Mountain East Conference softball doubleheader at Cavalier Field.

The Cavaliers dropped a 4-3 decision to Charleston in nine innings before blanking the Golden Eagles 4-0 in the second game behind the solid pitching of Kailyn Spencer.

The Game 2 win ended a five-game losing streak for Virginia-Wise (17-11, 6-6) against MEC opponents this week. The Cavaliers lost two games to West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday before being swept at home by West Virginia State on Thursday.

Saturday’s Game 1 loss could have been a continuation of the slump for the Cavaliers. But Virginia-Wise coach Karen Bitter said the game, despite turning out a loss, showed her team still had some fight in it.

“As much as it seemed like a letdown, I thought that they fought. Because with what happened against State and West Virginia Wesleyan, really what I saw out of them was some fight. It didn’t turn out the way that we wanted it to. But I felt like I was close to having my team back,” Bitter said.

“It certainly wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I certainly saw some things we could build off of and I think that’s what we were able to do in the second game.”

DISAPPOINTMENT IN GAME 1

Virginia-Wise held a narrow lead throughout most of the first game until Charleston took advantage of an error in the top of the seventh to send the contest into extra innings.

Charleston (17-13, 4-8) then scored the winning run in the top of the ninth when Haleigh Christopher singled to score A.J. Martin.

Charleston’s Karli Pinkerton and Kendall Marshall each had two hits in the first game. Virginia-Wise got two-hit performances from Taylor Creasey, Alexis Miles, Bridget Henzel and Ava Hockey.

CAVS BOUNCE BACK IN GAME 2

Creasey scored two runs for Virginia-Wise in the nightcap.

She scored in the first inning on a single from Zoe Millard and on a two-run homer from Alexis Miles as part of a three-run fourth inning for the Cavaliers.

Eastside graduate Kaylee Jones scored the other Virginia-Wise run when she scored from second on a single from senior Samantha Ely, a Lee High product.

Ely, Millard and Henzel each went 2-for-4 in the second game.

Spencer (3-4) picked up the complete-game win. She gave up three hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the shutout.

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