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Special to Franklin County Free Press

CHAMBERSBURG – The Wilson College softball team hosted a doubleheader against the Knights of Southern Virginia University Tuesday in a nonconference matchup. The Phoenix (13-5-2, 4-0 CSAC) split the series with the Knights (7-23) with the first game going to Wilson, 2-1, and the second game going to Southern Virginia, 13-2.

Game 1:

Junior Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) got the starting nod for the Phoenix in game one. She had a no-hitter going into the top of the fourth inning. That’s when the Knights were able to score a run, pushing the score in their favor 1-0.

Moving ahead to the bottom of the sixth inning, Wilson scored 2 runs off one hit and one error. Freshman Kaylee Quillen (Glenville, Pa., South Western) got things started by reaching base on a wal. The next batter, junior Jennifer Cail (Lisle, IL, Lisle), reached base after being hit by a pitch. This set up freshman pinch-hitter Gabriella Newman (Hanover, Pa., South Western), who singled to right field and drove in both runners.

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The Phoenix won game one by a final score of 2-1. 

Inside the Box Score: Newman helped spark the Wilson offense, finishing game one going 1-1 with 2 RBIs. Sophomore Meghan Bradley (Warrington, PA., Central Bucks South) also helped out in a big way, going 2-3 in game one. Potter was virtually unhittable throughout the game and went on to earn her eighth win of the season. The Phoenix scored two runs on four hits and one error while the Knights finished game one scoring one run on three hits and one error. 

Game 2:

In the second game of the doubleheader, sophomore Daphne Buzard (Kane, PA., Cocalico) started on the mound for the Phoenix. Southern Virginia struck early in this game, scoring a run in the top half of the first inning.

In the bottom half, Wilson responded right away with a single to center field by Sophomore Amber Rexrode (Annville, PA., Annville Cleona).

A few batters later, freshman Taylor Durant (Woodinville, Wash., Monroe) drove Rexrode home with a single to center field, evening the game up at 1-1. In the top of the second, The Knights would score three runs on three hits and one error. They would go on to take the second game from the Phoenix by a score of 13-2, in five innings. 

Inside the Box Score: Rexrode finished the game going 1-1 with a run and two walks, Durant finished going 1-3 with one RBI. Wilson wrapped up game two by scoring two runs on three hits and four errors while Southern Virginia would score 13 runs on 11 hits and two errors.

Up Next: The Phoenix will hit the road this Friday, April 12, where they will face Rosemont College (8-18, 1-3 CSAC) in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) doubleheader, starting at 3:00 p.m.

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