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March 13, 2012

Knights Drop Two at Greensboro

Written by Chris Pendleton

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped two games at Greensboro College on Tuesday falling 9-10 and 1-9 to the Pride at Leonard Park.

Southern Virginia (2-8) struck first during Game One of the Knights' doubleheader at Greensboro (11-7) scoring three unearned runs in the top of the second taking advantage of three errors by the Pride in the inning. 

After Greensboro fought back to tie the game at 3-3 after four innings of action, Southern Virginia responded with a four-run top of the fifth to reclaim a 7-3 lead over the Pride. 

Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) began the fifth-inning rally for the Knights with a RBI single to left field driving in Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) from third and advancing Mitch Mantle (St. George, Utah) from second to third.  Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) then drew a walk to load the bases bringing Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) to the plate, who tripled to right clearing the bases and putting Southern Virginia up four (7-3).

Snider again found himself at the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and the senior slugger came threw with a two-out single scoring two and increasing the Knights' lead to a game-high six runs (9-3).

Snider finished with a season-high 5 RBI on 2-for-5 hitting.

Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) and Stevenson also recorded two hits apiece against the Pride.

Despite a six-run deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth, Greensboro showed no quit as the Pride rallied to tie score at 9-9 with two in the sixth and four in the seventh.

The Knights could not add any more runs during their final three turns at the plate as Greensboro loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth before Jon Krecicki singled off Southern Virginia reliever Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) to drive in the game-winning run for the Pride.

After a high-scoring Game One against Greensboro, Southern Virginia struggled from the plate during Game Two managing only five hits and one run against Michael Cobb who recorded his third win of the year for the Pride in 6.2 innings of work.

Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) picked up the loss for the Knights allowing eight hits and nine runs—six earned—in only 2.1 innings.

Southern Virginia has now lost eight straight games, but the Knights will look to get back on track with a doubleheader at Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Friday, Mar. 16 beginning at noon.