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March 16, 2011

Baseball Sweeps Past Generals

LEXINGTON, Va. - In totaling 24-hits in the double-header the Southern Virginia University baseball team accomplished history in taking three game from the Generals of Washington & Lee, 11-9 & 7-4. SVU needed all 17-hits in the first game of the double-header, as the customary 7-innings were extended to nine, withboth teams refusing to lose.

Andrew Snider had a career day, leading the Knights with a 5-for-6 hitting performance, scoring 4-runs, and driving in two more. Snider started early for the visitors when he doubled in the first inning to drive in a run, and then scored two batters later, to help give the Knights an early 2-0 lead.

W&L would answer with three runs in the first, and would take the lead to the third before Snider hit a home-run to tie things up. Jake Johnson would also have a strong game for the Knights, going 3-for-5, and recording 2-RBI's and scoring 2-runs. Johnson would hit a triple in the fourth, and then scored to give the Knights a 5-3 lead.

Three more runs would be scored by the Knight, as they took an 8-3 lead in to the bottom of the fifth. The hosts would respond with two runs, and then tack on 3-more in the bottom of the seventh to stave off defeat. With the game tied at 8-8, extra innings was on the cards, and SVU looked to end things early, as Snider led off with a single, and then scored to give the visitors the lead. Again facing a loss, the Generals responded with a run in the bottom of the eighth for the 9-9 tie.

In the top of the ninth Brandon Alexander would get on base, and then was scored from Johnson's single, with Johnson following soon after to give the Knights a two-run cushion. The margin would be enough for Ed Greenhalgh who would come in for the last two innings, and shut the Generals out for the win.

The following game would see a decrease in hits for the Knights, but quick scoring would still be in order for SVU. Southern Virginia would trail by a run after the first inning, but would explode for 5-runs in the top of the second. Taking advantage of two-errors, the visitors saw Josh Linn, Trager Hintze, Mitch Stevenson, Alexander, Boston Bushnell and Johnson all score to establish an insurmountable lead for the hosts.

The five runs were more than enough support for Britt Dalton, who went six innings and gave up only five-hits, while striking out 6-batters. Dalton would give up only two-earned runs on the way to the victory. Linn and Hintze would score again in the top of the fifth. Linn finished the game going 3-for-4, and scoring two runs.

The double-header sweep means that the Knights have registered three wins against the Generals for the first time in program history. It also gives the Knights a program best start at 10-2. The Knights will look to keep momentum on their side when they welcome Penn St. -Greater Allegheny for a four-game set starting Mar. 18. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm at Parry McCluer High School. The third and fourth game of the set will follow on Mar. 19.