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March 6, 2010

Knights Offense Explodes Against Hiwassee

BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Baseball team had an offensive feast against visiting Hiwassee, as they swept games three and four of the four-game series. The Knights had swept games one and two the day prior, and were looking to add the two wins to the season. Hiwassee looked to have other plans as they took the lead first in the top of the fourth inning.

Hiwassee's pitcher had been working on a no-hitter into the third, until CJ Andrus hit a single to get the hosts into the hit column. Andrew Snider continued his strong weekend as he started the fourth with a double, and was brought home later in the fourth, as SVU put up three runs to erase the one-run deficit they faced.

Snider singled again in the sixth, as the Knights added 5-runs to pull away from Hiwassee. SVU got a towering 2-run homerun from Jake Johnson, to put the game out of reach for Hiwassee.

Darrell Brown went the distance for SVU, recording the complete game. Brown gave up 11-hits while recording 7-strikeouts, and surrendering 1-earned run. The win moves Brown to 2-2 on the season

The second game looked to start better as SVU jumped to a 3-0 lead. Tyler Cox drove in two runs, but the high light of the inning as when pinch runner Jordan Williams stole home to score the third run.

From there the SVU offense exploded as they scored 7-runs in the second inning, 6-runs in the third, and 9-runs in the 4th. The 25-runs were the most so far this season. Snider added to his homerun total, and Johnson and Cox also left the park on the way to a demolition job of the Hiwassee defense. The visitors used three different pitchers in the four innings they faced the Knight bats, with one of them finding a solution to the batting exploits of the hosts.

Nick Denny bounced from a rough outing against Washington & Lee to record his second win of the season. Denny pitched 5-innings, and gave up 4-earned runs, while striking out three batters, and surrendering 5-hits.

SVU totaled 33-hits between the two games. The Knights used the 4-game sweep of Hiwassee to move to 8-5 on the season. The Knights will stay at home next week as they host Guilford College, March 11 in a double-header. The first game is scheduled for 12:00 at Parry McCluer High School.