FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Messiah traveled to Mary Washington Saturday to open up its 2012 softball season with a split decision. Despite several defensive errors in Game 1, the Falcons (1-1) rallied to push the game-winning run across the plate in the 8th inning for the 7-6 win. In Game 2, Messiah's challenges continued as they had a tough time adjusting to the pitcher's style. The Falcons would score only one run in the 7th to the Eagles' six.

"We hit the ball really well in Game 1, but we struggled defensively," Messiah head coach Amy Weaver said. "Fortunately, our bats came through and helped us win the game. We turned things around on defense in the second game, but couldn't get it together offensively. When we bring these two things together, we're going to win."