Written by Chris Pendleton
BUTLER, Pa.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team broke out of a nine-game slump on Friday with a two-game sweep of Penn State-Greater Allegheny at Pullman Park.
Southern Virginia (4-10) never trailed in either game against fellow USCAA-affiliate Penn State-Greater Allegheny (5-7) as the Knights recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since winning two at the Ty Cobb Classic on Feb. 17.
In Game One, Southern Virginia exploded offensively recording season highs in both runs (12) and hits (16) against the Lions.
Sophomore Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) set the tone for the Knights recording a career-high seven RBIs on three hits, while scoring two runs.
Senior Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) and junior Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) also had three hits and two runs apiece, while sophomores Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Mitch Mantle (St. George, Utah) each finished with two hits in the victory.
In addition to a solid day at the plate, Mantle also pitched the complete game for the Knights allowing only five hits for one run to go along with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings on the mound.
Southern Virginia carried its momentum from Game One into Friday's second game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after five innings-and-a-half innings before Penn State put together a late-game rally scoring one run in the bottom the sixth and three more in the bottom of the seventh.
The Knights held off the Lions' comeback, however, as Southern Virginia pitcher Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) shut out Penn State in its final at bat for the complete-game win.
Baseball looks to build on its two-game streak tomorrow, Mar. 17 when the Knights host Baptist Bible for a doubleheader beginning at noon.