Baseball Moves Past Greater Allegheny, Advances to Small College World Series Semifinals

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine—After a dramatic win over Rochester College early Monday morning, the Southern Virginia University baseball team turned around and defeated Penn State-Greater Allegheny 3-2 advancing to the semifinals of the 2011 USCAA Small College World Series.

Southern Virginia's opening game of the tournament against Rochester began on Saturday, May 14 at 9 p.m., but was suspended due to rain in the top of the tenth inning with the score tied at three runs apiece.

The Knights resumed play with Rochester at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 16 and after falling behind 4-3 in the top of the tenth inning, Brandon Alexander hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth to give Southern Virginia baseball its first postseason victory in its 12-year history.

Following its win over Rochester, Southern Virginia (30-8) immediately advanced to play Penn State-Greater Allegheny (29-12-1) as a result of the 32-hour rain delay. Greater Allegheny defeated Spalding University 4-3 in the opening round of the tournament on Saturday before the weather delays.

In four previous matchups with Greater Allegheny during the 2011 season, the Knights went 3-1, winning the first three games (4-0; 13-4; 12-0) and loosing the final (4-3).

Greater Allegheny jumped out to an early lead on Southern Virginia scoring two runs off of three hits against the Knights' freshman pitcher, Britt Dalton, in the top of the third inning.

"We came out a little bit flat," said second-year head coach Logan Mann. "It was tough to come down from such an emotional high just minutes earlier and then have to play another game, but our guys did a great job of staying mentally tough."

Neither team would score again until a pair of doubles by freshmen Mitch Stevenson and Mitch Mantle gave Southern Virginia its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Meanwhile, freshman Kody Parkinson—who picked up the win against Rochester in one inning of work earlier that morning—had come in relief for Dalton in the top of the fifth and allowed only one hit through the fifth and sixth innings.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, Alexander came through with another clutch hit for Southern Virginia, singling to right field driving in the tying run from second (2-2). A throwing error by Greater Allegheny's catcher allowed Boston Bushnell—pinch running for Josh Linn who singled earlier in the inning—to score all the way from first on the play as Southern Virginia took its first lead of the game (3-2). 

Greater Allegheny threatened in the top of the seventh with two singles to open the inning, but Parkinson would retire the next three batters as the freshman picked up his second win of the morning moving to 5-0 on the year.

Dalton (6-3) gave up five hits and two runs in four innings on the mound.

With the win, Southern Virginia baseball records its first 30-win season and advances to the 2011 USCAA Small College World Series semifinals where it will face longtime USCAA rival The Apprentice School (27-14). The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. EDT with live stats available here.

For complete coverage of the 2011 Baseball Small College World Series, visit theuscaa.com's tournament page.