February 25, 2012

Knights Swept in Doubleheader at Guilford

Written by Matthew McKinney

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team lost both games during Saturday's doubleheader at Guilford College as the Knights fell to the Quakers 4-10 and 0-3 respectively.

In Game One, Guilford (6-2) scored first and jumped out to a 1-5 advantage after a four-run second inning. The Knights' starting pitcher Mitch Mantle (St. George, Utah) walked two and then a throwing error from catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) set up the big offensive second inning for the Quakers. 

Southern Virginia scored two unanswered runs over the next three-and-a-half innings as Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) launched a solo home run—the senior's first of the year—in the top of the third followed by an RBI single from junior Robbert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) in the top of the sixth making the score 3-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Guilford rebounded in the bottom half of the sixth, however, scoring five runs with two outs to pull away from the Knights.

After retiring Guilford's first two hitters in the sixth, Southern Virginia loaded the bases with a throwing error, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. With the bases juices, Brady Grisham (Anchorage, Alaska) relieved Mantle and gave up a grand slam to Guilford first baseman John Macon Smith putting the game out of reach for the Knights.

Brandon Alexander hit his first home run of the season—a solo shot at the top of the seventh—but it wasn't enough for Southern Virginia.

Snider, Key, and Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) each recorded two hits for the Knights in the loss.

Mantle pitched 5.2 innings giving up eight runs—five earned—while walking six in the loss.

The Knights failed to score a run in their second game at Guilford, which turned into a pitcher's duel between Guilford's Lou Trosch and Southern Virginia's Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.). 

Trosch pitched a terrific game for the Quakers walking no batters and giving up no extra-base hits.

King (San Ramon, Calif.) kept pace with Trosch early as the game remained scoreless through four innings before the Quakers finally got on the scoreboard with two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth which proved enough to defeat the Knights. 

Price was the only Knight to fair well against Trosch going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. King, who falls to 1-1 on the year, gave up ten hits and three earned runs, while walking two and recording no strikeouts. 

The Knights look to snap their current three-game slide at their home opener against York College of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Perry McCluer High School beginning at noon.