March 29, 2004
The softball team dropped two games to Radford in a doubleheader match on Monday, March 29 at Radford University. Both games were lost by only one run, with the Bears dropping the first game, 2-1, and the second game, 5-4, in extra innings. The Bears are now 6-9 on the season.
In game one, both teams remained scoreless until the Bears took control in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, freshman Courtney Jenkins singled up the middle. Senior Melissa Brown reached on a fielders' choice and stole second to set up the play for pinch hitter, sophomore Sarah Hans. Hans ripped a single down the right field line to score Brown and put the Bears ahead 1-0.
Although the Bears remained ahead for the majority of the game, Radford rallied in the bottom of the seventh and scored two runs on two hits to steal the win, 2-1.
In game two, Brown came out fired up for revenge and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Rachel Fleitell led off the inning with a single. Fleitell advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Mary Seid and continued to third on a passed ball. Sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski put the Bears out in front with a double to left to score Fleitell.
Brown continued to hit the Highlanders hard and tacked on a run in the third to take a 2-0 advantage.
However, Radford came back to take the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Brown regained control 4-3 with three big hits in the fifth inning. Seid and Jenkins led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With runners on first and third, Brown walked and Seid tied the score on a wild pitch. The Bears continued to rally and freshman Andrea Miranda put the Bears back on top with a single down the left field line.
Despite Brown's attempt to stay ahead, the Highlanders came back in the bottom of the inning to put the score at a 4-4 deadlock.
Radford took advantage in the bottom of the eighth when their lead off batter was hit by a pitch. Advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, she scored the winning run for the Highlanders on a triple by the third batter of the inning.
Junior Marissa Berkes suffered both losses on the day, only giving up three earned runs and striking out seven.
The Bears will continue action on Wednesday, March 31 when they play the University of Virginia in a double header beginning at 2:00 p.m.