Written by Chris Pendleton
HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team collected its first win of the 2012 season on Friday defeating Keystone College 7-4 in nine innings at the Ty Cobb Classic hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.
Sophomores Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) and Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) each went 2-for-4 from the plate with 2 RBI against Keystone, while sophomore lefty pitcher Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah) picked up his first win of the year allowing three hits and no runs in five-and-two-thirds innings of relief work.
Keystone (0-1) came into Friday's matchup with Southern Virginia (1-1) as the No. 16 ranked team in NCAA Division III baseball, and jumped out to an early lead over the Knights scoring three runs in the top of the second against sophomore right-handed pitcher Mitch Mantle (St. George, Utah).
The Knights answered in the bottom of the second with one run when Stevenson crossed the plate after a Keystone passed ball, but the Giants responded in the top of the third with another run against Mantle pushing their lead back to three (1-4).
Still trailing by three runs with two men on and two outs in the bottom of the third, Southern Virginia scored its second unearned run of the game as Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) reached base on an error by Keystone's first baseman allowing Mantle to score from third and the Knights to keep their rally alive. With runners now on first and third, Stevenson stepped to the plate and doubled to clear the bases and tie the game at four runs apiece.
With Greenhalgh coming in to relieve Mantle in the top of the fourth, Southern Virginia kept its momentum going in the bottom half of the fourth scoring three on a pair of doubles from junior Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) and Alexander giving the Knights their first lead (7-4) of the game.
Neither team would score again over the next five and a half innings of play.
Baseball now has a short break before taking on host-school Hampden-Sydney at 3 p.m. EDT.