DANVILLE, Va. Despite taking an early 4-0 lead over Averett, The Southern Virginia Baseball team could not hold on, and fell in the 11th on a safety squeeze, 7-6. The Knights scored two runs in both the first and second innings, as Jake Johnson started the game off with a triple, and was brought home on the next batter after a groundout to second. Tyler Cox scored later in the inning to give the Knights an early two-run advantage.
The Knights added insurance in the second inning as they received two more runs. However, the hosts had a comeback in the third, as they tied the game at 4-runs apiece. SVU had a chance in the fourth with runners in scoring positions, but solid Averett defense prevented the visitors from retaking the lead. The Cougars took the lead in the fourth with one run, and then the Knights tied the game in the fifth, and reclaimed the lead in the eighth, as Cox hit a two-out single to center to score Ed Greenhalgh.
"For our first time on the field we played really well," said Head Coach Logan Mann. "We hit the ball well. If we can eliminate some small mental mistakes we should do very well for the rest of the season. I'm happy with the progress."
SVU could not hold on to the lead and succumbed to the Cougars in the bottom of the eighth for the tie, and then suffered the loss in the bottom of the eleventh, when Averett had a player on third, and the batter went for the sacrifice bunt down the first-base line for the win.
SVU had played a game earlier in the day to make up for the snow delays and cancellations of previous games. SVU had beaten University of Maine at Presque Isle, 11-1 in 6-innings. The loss to Averett moves the Knights to 1-1 on the season. The Knights will return to action Feb. 20 when they travel to host a tri-game Saturday with UMPI, and Eastern Mennonite. The games will be held in Fayetteville, N.C.