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Softball - Thu, Apr. 3, 2014 by Troy Baranik

Bristol, VA- The St. Andrews University softball team extended their winning streak to four games on Wednesday as they outlasted VI and their stud pitcher Michalah Sacre in winning 4-1. Howeveer, VI came back to get the Knights 11-5 in game two.

Starting pitcher Kimberly Cook (FR/Ocean Isle Beach, NC) (6-5) pitched a great game one as she went all 7 innings giving up just 3 hits and one run with 3 strikeouts to outpitch Sacre and her 14 strikeouts.

The Lady Knights offense managed to also rack 10 hits off Sacre led by a perfect day from catcher Brooke Sikes (FR/Warrenton, NC), who went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a double while shortstop Kelsey Lee (JR/Erwin, NC) crushed a solo home run in the 7th inning to extend the SAU advantage. Also getting two hits was Amber Madden (SR/Sicklerville, NJ) who went 2 for 4 with a stolen base to extend her hitting streak to 4 games. Madden has batted .500 over her last four games.

Game two between the Knights and Cobras was more of an offensive showing as both clubs combined for 28 hits and 16 runs. After St. Andrews got off to a 3-1 lead in the 4th, VI came back to score 4 and take the 5-3 advantage. The Knights would not quit though as they came back to tie it at 5 heading into the bottom of the 6th. However, this is where VI put the game out of reach scoring 6 runs in the inning, 4 off Brittany Gunn (JR/Mountain Home, AR) (0-2) and two more off Cook. VI was led by home runs from Katelyn Mitchell and Chelsea Forney, who also went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs as the team had 5 girls have multi-hit games.

St. Andrews had 11 hits themselves including 2 apiece from outfielder Mary Cross (JR/Middleburg, FL) and Lee while 1B Mekayla Valentine (FR/Danville, VA) hit her second home run of the season and increased her average to .365. Also hitting extra base hits were Jenny Castanon (SO/Miami, FL) with her two-run double and Madden hitting a double as well.

Sacre picked up the win for VI (20-17,11-7) as she threw 2 innings to improve to 12-8 with a 2.29 ERA. She also leads the conference in average, hits and home runs but the Knights kept her in check all day long.

St. Andrews goes to 15-16 on the season and 8-4 in the conference as they are now tied for third place. The Lady Knights will finally return home on Saturday to host Union College (18-18) on Senior Day. The doubleheader begins at 1 pm.

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