Written by Matthew McKinney
DANVILLE, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped both games of Friday's doubleheader at Averett University 4-8 and 2-9 as the Knights' losing streak climbs to six games.
Southern Virginia (10-16) jumped out to a 3-0 lead during the first inning of Game One at Averett (22-16) as both right fielder Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.) and catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) came through with clutch RBI doubles despite two outs for the Knights in the inning.
The Knights maintained their early lead behind a strong start from Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) until the bottom of the third when Averett's bats came alive with three RBI singles tying the game at three runs apiece heading into the fourth.
Averett continued its offensive onslaught in the fourth as the Cougars went through three Southern Virginia pitchers before finishing the inning with five runs and a 3-8 lead over the Knights. Averett right fielder Kyle Newcomb had three RBI in the fifth.
After beginning the game with two scoreless innings, King (3-6) gave up six combined runs in the third and fourth on the way to his sixth loss of the season in 3.1 innings of work.
Brady Grisham (Anchorage, Ala.), who relieved King, also struggled against Averett allowing two runs on two hits without registering an out in the fifth. Head Coach Logan Mann chose Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) to finish the game and Southern Virginia's regular third baseman threw 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, while striking out three.
After scoring three runs in the top of the first, Southern Virginia managed only one additional run over the final six innings of play.
Averett carried its momentum from Game One into the doubleheader's second game scoring four runs in the first followed by three in the second to lead Southern Virginia 1-7 after two innings.
Southern Virginia's run in the second came on Alexander's sixth homerun of the year as the sophomore went 2-for-4 during Friday's doubleheader with three RBI and two walks, while extending his hitting streak to nine games.
The Knights would add their second and final run in the third on an RBI-single from Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.), but Sothern Virginia could not keep pace with the Cougars, who added two more runs in the fifth on route the sweep.
Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah), who started Game Two for the Knights, gave up six runs—five earned—before being relieved in the second.
Southern Virginia will finish off its season-long ten-game road trip tomorrow, Apr. 7 with a doubleheader at Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Knights are looking to sweep the season series from VUL after taking both games of a home doubleheader with the Dragons in late March.
Game One of tomorrow's doubleheader at VUL is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.