Written by Matthew McKinney
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team swept the visiting Baptist Bible Defenders at Parry McCluer High School on Saturday 12-1 and 18-2 increasing their season-long winning streak to four games.
Saturday's wins marked the first home victories for Southern Virginia (6-10) as the Knights have now played 28 straight innings without trailing.
After a strong showing during Friday's games at Penn State Greater Allegheny, the Knights offense continued to roll against Baptist Bible exploding for 30 combined runs on 32 combined hits against the Defenders.
In Game Two alone Southern Virginia recorded 18 runs on 20 hits—both season highs for the Knights.
Senior slugger Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) came up big again for Southern Virginia driving in three RBI in both games for a combined six RBI on the afternoon. Snider also finished the doubleheader with four extra-base hits—three doubles and a home run.
In Game One, Southern Virginia pitcher Justin King (San Ramon, Calif.) gave his best pitching performance of the year as the freshman struck out nine while walking only one batter and allowing one earned run in the first win (1-2) of his career.
In Game Two, every starter for the Knights got at least one hit with second basemen Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) leading all batters going 4-for-5 from the plate, while scoring twice and driving in two RBI.
Sophomore Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run in Game Two and finished the day with five total hits.
In an order to save his pitching arms, third-year Head Coach Logan Mann used three of his every day fielders—third baseman Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.), shortstop Stevenson and centerfielder Snider—on the mound in Game Two.
Stevenson dominated his three innings of work striking out seven hitters, while giving up only two earned runs for the first win of the sophomore's career. The unique pitching trio accounted for a combined ten strikeouts against the Defenders.
The bright spot offensively for Baptist Bible came from their pitcher/second baseman Randy Vincent who went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader and knocked in one RBI.
The Knights look to make it five straight wins as they go on the road to face Lynchburg College, a team which defeated the Knights 4-13 earlier in March, on Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 3 p.m. EST.