Written by Matthew McKinney
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team's season-long seven-game winning streak came to end on Friday afternoon with a 3-6 loss at Lynchburg College.
Southern Virginia (9-11) trailed 0-1 after the first inning, but the Knights pulled even with Lynchburg (16-6) in the top of the fourth on a RBI single from right fielder Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) knotting the score at 1-1 after four-and-a-half innings.
The tie only lasted until the bottom of the fifth, however, as Lynchburg's Michael Kenah knocked in three RBI on a base-clearing double giving the Hornets the lead for good. Lynchburg scored four total runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 1-5 on the Knights heading into the sixth.
The Hornets increased their advantage to five (1-6) with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth before Southern Virginia cut Lynchburg's lead to three (3-6) with two runs in its final at bat, but the Knights would come no closer losing for the first time in eight games.
Ed Greenhalgh (1-1) picked up the loss for Southern Virginia after giving up five runs—four earned— nd striking out three Hornets before being removed during Lynchburg's four-run rally in the fifth.
Lynchburg's pitchers struck out ten Knights, including seven strikeouts from starting pitcher Jared Millner.
Friday's loss marked the first time in five games that the Knights have not scored double-digit runs as Lynchburg defeated Southern Virginia for the second time this season.
Baseball's next two games are on the road at the University of Virginia's College at Wise on Wednesday, Mar. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. EST.