The Roanoke College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader in Danville last week against Averett University. The Maroons shut out the Cougars in the opener, 2-0, but dropped the second game, 6-3.
The first game was scoreless after five innings until Brooke Trapuzzano singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Shanan Hester doubled to right center to plate Trapuzzano before getting caught trying to stretch it to third, giving Roanoke a 1-0 lead.
Rachel Sirbaugh doubled to center to start the seventh as Roanoke looked to add to their lead. Sirbaugh advanced to third with two outs and made it 2-0 when she scored on a wild pitch.
Jada Karnes went 5 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up five hits and striking out three to pick up the win. Hester recorded the final five outs for the save.
Averett got the split in the second game, highlighted by a three run second inning. Roanoke fell to 4-2 with the loss and the Maroons were scheduled to host Southern Virginia in a doubleheader at the Moyer Complex on Wednesday.
A scheduled Saturday home doubleheader with Randolph has been cancelled due to pandemic protocols, as was a doubleheader at Christopher Newport last Saturday. A doubleheader with Shenandoah at the Moyer Complex this Sunday, starting at 1 pm, was still on at press time.