MONTREAT, N.C. - The Southern Virginia University baseball team used 27-runs to overwhelm hosts Montreat College, 10-4 & 17-1 in a double-header. Jake Johnson and Tyler Cox combined for 8-RBI's, as the Knights quickly swamped the hosts in the first game. Johnson would finish the first game going 2-for-4 with a run scored, to go along with the 4-RBI's. Cox finished 2-for-3, with the other 4-RBI's.
SVU started early, with Johnson reaching on a Montreat error. Andrew Snider would walk, and then Trager Hintze blasted a double that brought in Johnson. Cox would then expand upon the lead, hitting a double that drove in Snider and Hintze. The three runs gave pitcher, Britt Dalton, a comfortable cushion to work with throughout the game. The freshman would earn the win after going 6 &1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three-earned runs. Dalton struck out 5-Montreat batters, as he moved to 4-1 on the season.
The second inning for SVU saw Andrew Jones score after a Johnson double. Montreat would answer in the second before the Knights would get three more runs in the fourth. Cox would double again to drive in runs, after Jones had scored earlier in the inning. The fifth inning would see two more Southern Virginia runs, and the final run for the Knights came in the top of the seventh. Matthew Baskins came in in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game after the hosts put 3-runs on the board to get closer.
In the second game, SVU wasted little time in recording runs. The Cavaliers took a lead in the bottom of the first before a Barrett Price double drove in Hintze for the tie. Brandon Alexander would then drive in a run, and the visitors got all the runs they would need for the win.
Kody Parkinson made sure that Montreat would get no more than the run that they scored in the first. Parkinson pitched the complete game, and struck out 4-batters, giving up an unearned run, while surrendering 6-hits.
The Knights added a run in the third before using an explosive fifth inning to tear the game open. Back-to-back-to-back homeruns from Johnson, Dale Brown, and Snider erased any chance for Montreat to get back in to the game. The three runs would start the Knights on their way to 14-runs in the last two innings to close the game out early on the mercy rule.
Hintze and Mitch Stevenson would score the final runs in the fifth before the sixth saw 9-runs from the Knights. The 17-runs made it the fourth time this season that SVU has totaled that number of runs in a game.
The wins gives SVU a 15-3 record, as the #2 team in the USCAA continues the best start of the program's history. SVU will look to keep things rolling when the team faces off against UVA -Wise o Mar. 24. Game time is set for 12:00 pm at Wise, VA.