DANVILLE, Va. - Despite outhitting Averett University, including 5-doubles in the two games, the Southern Virginia University baseball team could not get the winning runs, and lost the first double-header of the season, 4-5 & 1-2. SVU recorded 17-total hits (10 in game 1, 7 in game 2) compared to the Cougars' 13-total hits (8 in game 1, 5 in game 2). The hitting total for the Knights also included 4-doubles in game one, as Jae Johnson hit two and Dale Brown hit the other two. Even with the hitting advantage SVU could not find a way to manufacture the runs needed to get the wins.
Averett struck first, as the hosts tallied runs in the first and second inning, before the visitors responded in the top of the third with two runs. Brown's double was followed by a Trager Hintze walk. With runners in scoring position, Tyler Cox would single to drive in Brown, and Hintze would score soon after, as SVU got back within a run.
Andrew Jones would score to tie up the game, as an Averett throwing error allowed him to get home after being hit by a pitch earlier in the game. The tie game would not last long, as a solo homerun for AU would help the hosts regain the lead. Johnson would tie the score after Brown's second double of the game.
The game would go to the eighth inning where the Cougars would find the winning run to give them the 5-4 win. Darrell Brown took the loss after going the distance against the hosts. Brown would strikeout 5-batters, but gave up 4-earned runs. He only surrendered eight hits, but they all proved costly, with the majority helping Averett score runs.
The second game ended up a pitcher's duel, with Britt Dalton looking for his fifth win of the season. Dalton would pitch the majority of the game, but gave up two costly runs which proved to be all that Averett would need for the win. Dalton didn't go without a fight, striking out three batters, and giving up only the five hits. Unfortunately, two of those hits were doubles, and both runners would score.
SVU would grab the lead first, as Hintze walked, and then advanced to third from the fifth double of the after noon, provided by Cox. Hintze would score after a sacrifice fly from Jones. The lead in the top of the second inning would be short lived, as Averett responded with the tying run in the bottom of the second. The winning run would come home in the bottom of the fifth.
The losses are the first time that SVU has lost a double-header all season. It also proved to be the first series the Knights have lost after winning the first game against the Cougars in February. SVU still maintains the best record for the program at this point in the season, with a 15-5 record. The Knights will look to rebound as they continue on their road trip, facing off against Washington Adventist on Apr. 1. The double-header has a 1:00 pm start.