Softball 3-7 in ODAC Play

Riley Young, freshman, hit the go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning of softballs win over Bridgewater.
Riley Young, freshman, hit the go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning of softball’s win over Bridgewater.
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In two weeks of conference play, softball is on the outside looking in.

After going 1-5 last week, the team sits as the nine seed in the ODAC rankings with 12 games still left to play.

“We control our own destiny. We just have to play our best softball, and hopefully we finish in the top eight,” Head Coach Joshua Freeman said.

Softball’s week of ODAC play was filled with travel as all six games were on the road.

The team dropped both to #25 Lynchburg, 3-1 and 9-1.

But the women bounced back on the road against Bridgewater, splitting the series by winning game one 8-6 but losing game two 2-0.

“We hit and played great defense. We hit early and kept the pressure on them all game,” Freeman said. “Every time they scored, we came back and put runs on the board.  And we made some great plays in the field.”

The team was lifted to their game-one win by senior Brenna Weaver’s three-hit game, freshman Riley Young’s two-hit game, which included a go-ahead, three-run homer in the top of the sixth, and sophomore Wynema Thomas’ two-hit game, including a fifth inning RBI single, and a complete game in the circle allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out two.

The next day, softball had to travel to EMU, which resulted in two losses by scores of 7-2 and  4-0.

Ferrum is currently tied with EMU in conference record, but the head-to-head record decides tie breakers, giving EMU the edge and eighth spot in the rankings.

This upcoming week softball will play Guilford at home.

“Just happy to play on our field,” Freeman said. “It feels like it has been forever since we played at home.”

After the Guilford series, softball will be back on the road, traveling to #8 Randolph-Macon this weekend.

“They are a great squad, and we have to play great to stay with them,” Freeman said.

With 12 games remaining, Freeman said he and the team are most excited for the opportunity to make a push into the playoffs to potentially compete for a conference championship.

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