Written by Sean Dahlin
BRISTOL, Va.—Southern Virginia University freshman fireballer Britt Dalton (Silverton, N. Mex.) came up three outs short from throwing a no-hitter as he pitched a one-hit gem en route to a 4-0 victory for the Knights over Virginia Intermont.
After the scheduled double-header for Tuesday at Virginia Intermont was postponed due to inclement weather, both teams were able to get one game in on Thursday beginning with a two-run home run by Southern Virginia's Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.), knocking in fellow-freshman Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okl.) in the top of the second inning to put the Knights ahead 2-0.
The home run by Alexander was all that Dalton needed from the offense as he held the Cobras to zero runs and gave up Virginia Intermont's only hit of the game in the ninth inning to Lucas Dobbins which broke up the no-hitter.
Dalton won his sixth game of the season (6-2) going all nine innings against the Cobras achieving his second complete game and first shutout of the season while allowing four walks and recording a season-high eight strikeouts.
Even though the Knights posted ten hits in the game, they would not score again until the eighth inning. Junior Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) added some insurance by slugging a two-run home run that brought in senior Jake Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) from second base to put Southern Virginia ahead 4-0.
Aside from Dalton's stellar performance on the mound and home runs by Alexander and Snider, Johnson and sophomore Trager Hintze (St. George, Utah) combined for five singles going 3-5 and 2-4 respectively.
Southern Virginia continues its win streak to five games improving to 20-5 on the season while Virginia Intermont drops to 6-26.
The Knights have little time to rest as they travel to Madisonville, Tenn. to take on fellow USCAA-foe Hiwassee College.