Knights Take One Back from Eastern Mennonite

COVINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team avenged one of its five losses this season with a 7-5 victory Friday night over Eastern Mennonite University at Casey Field in Covington, Va.

Southern Virginia (26-5) suffered a 4-2 loss at the Eastern Mennonite Royals' (9-24) home field back on Mar. 3.

Playing as the home team, Southern Virginia trailed early after Eastern Mennonite sored two runs off three hits in the top of the first as the Knights' senior pitcher Darrell Brown struggled to find his rhythm.

A two-out Southern Virginia error in the top of the second allowed Eastern Mennonite to add an unearned run and take a 3-0 lead.

After Dar. Brown retired three straight in the top of the third, Southern Virginia's Jake Johnson and Andrew Snider each came through with RBI singles in the bottom half of the inning cutting the Knights deficit to one run (3-2).

Eastern Mennonite scored again in the fifth pushing its lead back to two (4-2), but Snider responded in the same inning with a two-run blast over the right field-wall tying the game at four runs apiece.

Southern Virginia took its first lead in the bottom of the sixth when a throwing error by the Royals' short stop on a potential inning-ending double play allowed Trager Hintze, who lead off the inning with a single, to score from second base.

With the Knights' offense producing runs, Dar. Brown seemed to gain strength on the mound allowing only one hit from the sixth to eighth inning.

Brandon Alexander gave Southern Virginia some breathing room in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homerun making it 5-3 in favor of the Knights. Eastern Mennonite's fourth error of the game in the bottom of the eight allowed the Knights to tack on another insurance run (6-3).

After consecutive one-out singles in the bottom of the eighth, Eastern Mennonite scored on a wild pitch to pull within two of Southern Virginia (6-4).

With a runner on third and the tying run at the plate, the Royals hoped for a comeback in their final turn at the plate, but Dar. Brown retired the next two batters to get out of a jam and earn the complete-game win.

Jake Johnson raised his batting average to .508 after going a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with one run and one RBI. Trager Hintze finished 3-for-4 with one run.

Saturday's win moves Dar. Brown to 6-3 on the season with a 4.04 ERA as Southern Virginia remains undefeated in the month of April (11-0). 

With their season series split 1-1, Southern Virginia will travel to Eastern Mennonite for a rubber match on Monday, Apr. 18 at 4 p.m. Follow Monday's game with live stats from emu.edu/athletics/livestats.