BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University baseball team used 2-home runs in the first game for a 12-0 victory over Penn St. -Greater Allegheny, before falling in the second game, 3-4, to split the double-header, and take the series against the Lions, 3-1. Jake Johnson kick started the hosts in the bottom of the first inning, as he took the first pitch he faced, and slammed a ball over the center field wall for a quick 1-0 lead.
SVU has made the most of quick starts this season, going 8-2 when getting the first run. The lead would be all that the hosts would need, but SVU would add plenty of insurance runs. Dale Brown would then add a run from a PSGA error, and SVU was on its way to victory.
Kody Parkinson was doing his best to maintain momentum from the early runs. The pitcher was using a variety of pitches to keep the visitors unbalanced. Parkinson would get the win after 4-innings pitched, and tallied 4-strikeouts, giving up only 3-hits for the shutout.
The third inning saw SVU pull away from the visitor, as the Knights racked up 7-runs to effectively end the contest. Andrew Jones first got on base for the Knights, and was followed by the top of the lineup for Southern Virginia. Johnson, Brown and Andrew Snider would all get on base, with Brown and Snider getting hits to drive in three runs.
Highlighting the offensive output in the third inning was a three-run towering home run from Brandon Alexander. The hosts were finding an offensive rhythm that PSGA could not stop. The fourth inning would see more runs for the hosts. Johnson, Brown and Snider would all score again in the fourth, with a triple from Snider doing the main damage. The triple gave Snider 4-RBI's for the day on 2-for-3 hitting with two runs scored.
The second game of the double-header was a closer affair, as PSGA was able to keep the Knights' bats quieter than in the first game. SVU would not score in the game until the bottom of the fifth, when Johnson pounded a ball well over the wall for his second home-run of the day. The two-run shot drove in Boston Bushnell in to get the Knights right behind the Lions at 3-2.
Darrell Brown was facing the visitors for the majority of the game. Brown trailed early on, as PSGA scored twice in the second inning. The game was a contentious outing, as the umpires made and reversed several calls prompting strong discussions between both managers and the umpires.
SVU trailed in the sixth after the Lions added another run, before Johnson homered. Brown surrendered a home-run in the top of the sixth, which would prove to be the winning run. Mitch Stevenson came around to score the third run for the Knights after a long single to center field from Alexander. Southern Virginia would get no closer, and Brown took the loss after going 6-innings and striking out 3-batters and giving up 10-hits.
The split give the Knights a 13-3 record on the season, but gives SVU a 3-1 series win over the team that beat them in the first round of last year's USCAA National Tournament. SVU currently stands as the #1 team in the USCAA, and will look to stay that way when they face off against Montreat Mar. 22. SVU will be away for the double-header which has a 2:00 pm start.