OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. The Southern Virginia Baseball team could not hold its early lead against Penn State- Greater Allegheny, losing 3-2, and bowed out of the USCAA National Tournament. The Knights finished up one of the best seasons in program history at 21-21, but could not make any noise at the tournament, their first since 2004. SVU suffered back-to-back losses, and finished early after high expectations heading into the tournament.
The Knights looked to be on their way to a win, and survival for another day. Andrew Snider, and his brother, Derek Snider, scored in the bottom of the second to give the Knights the early 2-0 lead. Trager Hintze's single drove both runs home, and it looked as if the Knights would be able to look forward to advancing.
The outlook improved for the Knights in the bottom of the fourth, when SVU had two runners on second and third. The threat fizzled when Skyler Shope was caught stealing home, and that would be the closest the Knights would get to scoring for the rest of the game.
Derek Snider had shut out PS-GA for the majority of the game, but the Knights' pitcher allowed two runs in the top of the sixth to get the game even. PS-GA effectively moved a runner in the top of the seventh to get the lead. SVU was unable to get a runner on base in the bottom of he seventh, as they went down one-two-three, and with the out the season for the Knights ended
Despite the losses, SVU achieved one of the best seasons in the history of the program, and racked up the most wins since the 2004 season. The Knights also achieved their highest ranking in the USCAA, when they were voted the #2 team in the nation earlier in the season.