COVINGTON, Va. - The Southern Virginia University baseball team used timely hits, and strong pitching to take the first two games, of a four game series, from Penn St. -Greater Allegheny, 4-0 and 13-4. The Knights made the most of seven hits in the first game, as Jake Johnson pitched a gem of a game. Johnson went the distance in the game, and surrendered only 3-hits, while striking out 8-batters. The shutout win moved him to 2-1 on the season.
Boston Bushnell would score the first run for the Knights, as he stole home after PSGA looked to halt a stolen base from Kyle Ridlensbacher. The 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second would hold until the bottom of the sixth.
With Trager Hintze on base after a fielder's choice, Tyler Cox was hit by a pitch to put SVU in to scoring position. Mitch Stevenson would then give the hosts breathing room, as he doubled, and Hintze and Ridlensbacher, pinch running for Cox, would come around to give Southern Virginia a 3-0 lead. Stevenson would finish with a 2-for-3 game, and the two RBI's in the sixth.
Stevenson would finish the game with a run scored, as Brandon Alexander would single to drive in the run, and give SVU a 4-0 margin of victory. Johnson would then close out the Lions in the top of the seventh. The visitors had a runner in scoring position, but the Knights closed out the game with clutch pitching and strong defense.
The second game would see more offensive fireworks than the first, as PSGA would get three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. A 2-out rally for the Knights was started with an Andrew Snider walk. Hintze would keep the inning alive, as he struck out, but then advanced to first on a passed ball. Stevenson kept his hot hitting going, with a single that drove in Snider.
Cox would then double to score the tie, and Alexander hit in the fourth run soon after. PSGA would get a tying run in the top of the second, but would get no closer. Runs from Andrew Jones, Dale Brown and Johnson would get the hosts a lead they would not give up for the remainder of the game.
After weathering the early storm of PSGA runs, Ed Greenhalgh was able to keep the visitors in check, going six innings, and giving up 6-hits, and 4-earned runs. The six innings of work would earn Greenhalgh the win.
The fifth inning would see an explosion of runs for the Knights, highlighted by a 3-run homerun from Snider. 3-more runs would be scored, as SVU racked up all the points it would need to snatch the second victory of the day.
The 2-0 day gave the Knights a 12-2 record on the season. Southern Virginia will look to continue the hot start to the season, when it returns to action against PSGA on Mar. 19. The double-header will start at 12:00 and will conclude the season series between the two teams. The games will move to Parry McCluer High School after the first two games were played at Casey Field in Covington, Va.