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April 20, 2010

Knights Sweep Montreat For First Series Win Against The Cavaliers

BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Baseball team limited Montreat to only one run in the double-header, and won 6-0 & 8-1 for a first ever series win against the Cavaliers.

Darrell Brown pitched a complete game shutout in the first game, as SVU was able to extinguish the bats of the visitors. Brown limited the Cavaliers to 7-hits, while striking out 4-hitters.  Montreat was able to out-hit the Knights but the visitors could never get runs across home plate, having only three different chances with runners in scoring position.

The Knights struck first, as Jake Johnson and C.J. Andrus came home in the first inning to give the Knights a lead that they would not relinquish for the game. Andrus would score again in the second inning accompanying a run scored by Ryan Carpenter. The Knights were not getting a tremendous amount of hits as three of the six SVU runs were unearned due to errors.

The Knights' defense was giving Brown the support he needed, as the team made big plays all game. SVU turned a double play, and then Johnson displayed spectacular defense, as he made a diving catch into center field from a long run to rob a Cavalier hitter of a hit to put Montreat into scoring position.

SVU again scored early in the second game to put Montreat in a hole. Again, Johnson and Andrus scored the first runs of the game, and gave the Knights the cushion that they would need for the sweep. Johnson flew out to right field on a sacrifice that brought Trager Hintze home in the second inning. Andrew Snider hit a home run to get out of a mini-slump and tack on another run in the third.

The Knights put up four more runs in the fourth to give them the 8-runs they needed to close the door on Montreat. The run support was more than enough for Johnson who pitched the second game. He was successful, like Brown, in shutting the Montreat bats down giving up only 6-hits and striking out 6-batters. Johnson was charged the only run for the Knights of the afternoon.

With the win, SVU moves to 21-17 on the season. The wins also allowed the Knights to gain the first series win over Montreat in program history. The Knights will take a break as the players head into finals. The team returns to action May 1 against Mary Washington in games that have been moved for SVU reading day. The Knights will also eagerly await news from the USCAA to see if they have been invited as participants in the National Tournament.