Knights Sweep Dragons, Snap Five-Game Slide

Written by Matthew McKinney 

LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team ended its five-game losing streak on Saturday winning both games of a doubleheader at Virginia University of Lynchburg in dominant fashion 13-0 (five innings) and 14-3 (five innings) on route to the season sweep of the Dragons. 

During Saturday's opening game, Southern Virginia (12-16) scored ten runs on the winless Dragons (0-15) in the top of the second inning as six different Knights knocked in RBIs during the rally, including catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) and second baseman Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas), who both drove in two runs apiece.

Meanwhile, Game One starter Justin King (San Ramon, Calif.) pitched a complete-game shutout against the Dragons striking out six batters, while allowing only two hits and no walks. King (4-3) earned his fourth win of the season and his second against VUL.

Game Two was highlighted by a career performance from Southern Virginia's regular short stop Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.), who started on the mound for the Knights and struck out five batters in five innings, while earning his second win of the season.

Stevenson (2-0) also helped his own cause going 3-for-4 from the plate, including the sophomore's third homerun of the year, while finishing the game with a career-high six RBI.

Left fielder Joseph Smith (Grand Junction, Colo.) also delivered his best performance of the season in Game Two going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while hitting two doubles and driving home four RBI.

Right fielder Brandon Alexander finished the day at VUL a combined 4-for-4 stretching his season-long hitting streak to eleven games.

For the Dragons, left fielder Brandon Kennedy and right fielder Bryan Kennedy recorded VUL's only RBI of the day during their Game Two loss.

With Saturday's two wins, Southern Virginia swept the season series from VUL as the Knights outscored the Dragons 49-5 in four games this season with three games ending after five innings.

Baseball looks to keep its momentum going when the Knights host Eastern Mennonite University on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. in Covington, Va.

Tuesday's matchup will be a rubber-match between the Knights and Royals with Southern Virginia winning the first game of the season series 17-2, before EMU took the second game between the teams 13-17.