SALEM, Va. - A home run each from Jake Johnson and Andrew Snider proved to be not enough, as the Southern Virginia University baseball team lost its first game to Roanoke College, 8-7. Johnson hit his second homerun of the season as he hit a leadoff shot in the first inning to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Josh Linn scored another run in the first to give the team a 2-0 lead.
The lead would hold up for another three innings before Roanoke would score 4-runs to chase starter Ed Greenhalgh from the game. Kody Parkinson came in for Greenhalgh, and closed out the inning without any more runs damaging the Knights.
Snider's home run would come in the sixth inning to get SVU within one run. The hosts would then score a run each in the seventh and eighth inning before a wild ninth inning would finish the game. SVU, trailing by two runs would rally for 3-scores to take a 7-6 lead.
Barrett Price would score first for the Knights after a Tyler Cox sacrifice fly drove him in. Johnson and Snider would then give the visitors the lead after a Linn single drove them both in. Unfortunately for SVU, the lead would not last, as the Maroons scored two runs, and scored on a wild pitch to close out the game for the win.
The loss is the first for the Knights on the season and puts their record at 3-1. For the game, SVU recorded 8-hits. Jake Messerly was credited with the loss for the Knights. Southern Virginia will hit the road for its next game, when the team travels to Ferrum Feb. 19 for a double-header. The first game is scheduled for 1:00 pm.