Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped its home opener against NCAA Division III York College of Pennsylvania on Tuesday falling 8-18 to the Senators in nine innings.
The Knights never led during Tuesday's loss to York (3-2) as the Senators exploded for a season-high 20 hits against five different Southern Virginia (2-5) pitchers.
Southern Virginia also recorded a season-best 15 hits against the Senators, including two homeruns and two doubles, but the Knights could not keep pace with York's offensive output and suffered their third consecutive defeat.
Three different Knights—Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.), Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) and Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas)—finished the day with three hits, while Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) and Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) both recorded a pair of hits against the Senators.
Neither team scored during the opening two innings of play before York exploded for five runs against starting left-handed pitcher Justin King (San Ramon, Calif.) in the top of the third.
Two-time USAA All-American Snider put the Knights on the board in the bottom of the third when he sent the first pitch of the inning deep over the right-field fence making it 1-5 after three innings of play.
York's Justin Cohen answered in the top of the fourth with a two-run shot off Southern Virginia right-handed reliever Brady Grisham (Anchorage, Ala.) giving the Spartans and six-run (1-7) advantage over the Knights.
A pair of doubles from Snider and Price drove in three for Southern Virginia in the bottom of the fourth pulling the Knights within striking distance (4-7) of the Spartans with five innings still remaining.
Following a scoreless fifth inning, York added three more runs in the top of the sixth going up 4-10, before Southern Virginia strung together a four-run bottom half of the inning pulling within two (8-10) of the Spartans.
Brown began the Knights' rally in the sixth with a leadoff blast—the junior's first homerun of the season—followed by a groundout from Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) with the bases loaded that scored Snider from third.
With two down and runners in scoring position, Stevenson and Key strung together back-to-back RBI singles making it 8-10 heading into the seventh, but Southern Virginia would come no closer as the Spartans exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth putting the game out of reach for the Knights.
York would tack on one more run in the ninth to reach the final score.
Baseball will play another nine-inning game tomorrow, Feb. 29 at Washington and Lee University (2-5) beginning at 3 p.m.