NORFOLK, Va.- The Sweet Briar College softball team opened its season against arguably the toughest opponent they'll see all season, the No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins.
Facing an undefeated and nationally-ranked Marlins side, SBC had an early chance to take the lead in game one of the conference doubleheader. With two outs and a runner on first, senior Kayla Dooms ripped a double to centerfield and Chelsea McKinney tried to score from first base, but was thrown out at the plate.
In the top of the third inning they had another golden opportunity after Rachel Rogers drew a walk and then advanced to third on a single by Amanda Terry. The Vixens failed to capitalize on the opportunity and left another runner stranded.
Dooms led the SBC offense in game one, going 2-for-2 at the plate. Junior Taylor Fischer pitched all four innings for the Vixens.
Two big innings for the Marlins carried them to a 24-0 victory.
Looking to rebound from the setback in game one, SBC came out swinging to start game two. With one out, Erica Orr reached first on an infield single and later advanced to second on a passed ball.
McKinney was the next batter and she reached safely on a throwing error by the second baseman, setting up Sweet Briar with runners at first and third. Dooms continued to swing the bat well and drove in Orr from third with a single into right field.
First-year Lashlee McCray would load the bases with a walk two batters later. Unfortunately the Vixens couldn't take better advantage of the situation and left all three runners stranded.
The Virginia Wesleyan pitching stifled SBC for the remainder of the game on way to a 19-1 win for the series sweep.
SBC will now shift the focus to next week's spring break trip in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Vixens will spend the trip playing six games over a three day stretch from March 6-8.