– Radford scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 10-2 win over the Norfolk State softball team on Wednesday afternoon. In game 2, the Spartans collected just one hit as Radford run-ruled NSU a second time, 8-0, in five innings at the RU Softball Stadium.
The Highlanders ended both games on walk-off homers to win by the eight-run rule. NSU totaled just six hits on the day, including one in the second contest. The Spartans dropped to 8-11 overall this season.
Kayla Huffman (3-3) pitched all five innings in the second game for the Highlanders, striking out 10 and giving up just a fifth-inning single to junior Jaylene Pryor
. Four different players, meanwhile, had two RBI to help Radford improve to 15-13 overall.
Sofia Tapia's two-run single highlighted a three-run second inning for the Highlanders. Hunter Mundy did the same in the sixth, again a three-run inning that pushed the lead to 6-0. Finally in the fifth, Summer Robinson belted a two-run homer for the final scoring.
Marissa Gagliano also had a pair of RBI for Radford.
Senior Kayla McNair
and sophomore Kylee Lopez
each hit solo homers in game 1 to account for NSU's runs. McNair's shot came in the fourth, and Lopez hit one in the sixth to cut the Highlander lead to 3-2.
The floodgates opened in the bottom of the sixth, however. The big blow came on Brittany Wratchford's grand slam with no outs. A little later in the inning, Gagliano sent a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for a three-run homer, ending the game at that point.
Abby Morrow (11-7) pitched all six innings while giving up five hits and two earned runs. Unlike Huffman, Morrow did not record any strikeouts. Mundy scored three runs in the first contest of the day.
Pryor batted 2-for-5 in the doubleheader.
NSU hosts Maryland Eastern Shore this weekend for a three-game MEAC series. The first game begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.