Written by Chris Pendleton
LEXINGTON, Va.—Washington and Lee University took its first lead in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday pulling out a 3-4 comeback victory over the Southern Virginia University baseball team at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Southern Virginia (2-6) came into Thursday's matchup at Washington and Lee (3-5) having won its last three games on the Generals' home field and led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Washington and Lee's Alex Mait led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right, followed by a double to left from the Generals' designated hitter, Keegan Dolan, scoring pinch runner Phillip Anderson all the way from first.
With no outs and Dolan on second, Southern Virginia brought in junior Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah) to relieve sophomore Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.), who had pitched all eight innings for the Knights up to that point.
After Washington and Lee's Nick Biumi executed a sacrifice bunt moving Dolan to third with only one out in the inning, Southern Virginia opted to intentionally walk the bases loaded creating a force out at every bag, while increasing the chance of an inning-ending double play.
Greenhalgh walked the next batter he faced, however, missing wide on a full-count pitch bringing the game-winning run to home plate as the Knights suffered their fourth consecutive loss.
"It's a tough loss," said third-year coach Logan Mann. "We played the percentages and our kids did what we asked of them. It didn't go our way today, but we fought hard and we'll come ready to play on Tuesday."
After two scoreless innings to open the game, Southern Virginia jumped on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the third, but the Generals answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning tying the game at 1-1 heading into the fourth.
Following two more scoreless innings of play, the Knights went up 2-1 in the top of the sixth when Snider singled to score Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) from second after Stevenson had doubled in the game's previous at bat.
Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) led off the top of the seventh for the Knights with his second homerun of the season giving Southern Virginia a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning, but a leadoff triple from Dolan allowed the Generals to score on a sacrifice fly making it 3-4 with two innings remaining.
The Knights were unable to add any insurance runs in their final two turns at the plate before Washington and Lee scored two runs in the bottom off the ninth to end a three-game slide against Southern Virginia.
King (1-2) picked up the loss for the Knights giving up four runs on nine hits in eight innings of work.
W&L's Dolan finished 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Baseball plays again on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at Lynchburg College (5-2).