Written by Chris Pendleton
HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va.—Hours after knocking off No. 16 Keystone College in its opening game at the Ty Cobb Classic on Friday, the Southern Virginia University baseball team defeated host school Hampden-Sydney 7-3 finishing the day at 2-0.
Senior Trager Hintze (St. George, Utah) led the way for the Knights offensively going 4-for-5 from the plate and driving in two runs. Junior Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) also had two RBI on against the Tigers while going 2-for-3 and scoring twice.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) recorded the win in his first start of the season allowing six hits and three runs in six-and-two-thirds innings of work. T. King's younger brother, freshman Justin King (San Ramon, Calif.), earned his first save of the year in two-thirds innings of hitless relief.
Behind six scoreless innings from T. King, Southern Virginia (2-1) led Hampden-Sydney (3-3) by five runs (5-0) after the seventh-inning stretch. With two down in the bottom half of the seventh, the Tigers strung together a three-run rally pulling within two runs (5-3) of the Knights before freshman right-handed reliever Brady Grisham (Anchorage, Ala.) came in for T. King and retired the first batter he faced ending Hampden-Sydney's comeback.
Southern tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth giving the Knights some breathing room as Grisham held the Tigers scoreless for one-and-two-thirds innings before J. King entered in the bottom of the ninth for the save.
"We beat two really good teams today behind great pitching from Ed [Greenhalgh] and Tyler [King]," said third-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "Now we have to get ready to face another good team tomorrow."
The Knights close out play at the Ty Cobb Classic on Saturday, Feb. 19 against Stevenson University (1-2) at 3 p.m. EDT.