April 16, 2012

Baseball Wins Sixth Straight at W&L

Written by Matthew McKinney

LEXINGTON, Va.—Third time proved a charm for the Southern Virginia University baseball team on Monday as the Knights defeated the Generals 10-1 and collected their first win at Washington and Lee University in three tries this season. 

Behind third baseman Trager Hintze's (St. George, Utah) game-high three RBI, the Knights won their sixth straight game and climbed back to .500 for the first time since February 18.

Southern Virginia (16-16) grabbed an early lead over Washington and Lee (13-18), just as in its previous two meeting with the Generals, but this time the Knights held on for the victory with solid pitching performances from Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) and Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.), who combined for a four-hitter. 

Monday's win marked Southern Virginia's first at Cap'n Dick Smith Field since Mar. 16, 2011.

The Knights went up 3-0 over the Generals in the top of the third inning when Hintze came through in the clutch for Southern Virginia with a two-out, two-RBI double.

Washington and Lee answered back in the bottom half of the third with its only run of the game, which came against Cox, who started for the Knights and pitched 3.2 innings, while allowing three hits, one run and striking out six.

After Southern Virginia added another run in the top of the fourth to go up 4-1, the Generals loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. 

Despite a strong performance from Cox to that point, third-year head coach Logan Mann decided to bring in King, which proved to be the right decision as the sophomore lefty got Southern Virginia out of the jam with a force out at third.

King earned his team-leading fifth win of the year in relief throwing 5.1 innings of shutout ball, while allowing just one hit and striking out five.

In the sixth, Southern Virginia broke the game wide open scoring four runs from a variety of players including an RBI double from first baseman Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) and an RBI single from second baseman Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas).

Meanwhile, the Generals struggled to find a rhythm offensively with their lone run coming in the third on an RBI single up the middle by second baseman Alston James. Washington and Lee hitters struck out eleven times in comparison to the Southern Virginia's one strikeout.

Starting pitcher Roger Strong took the loss for Washington and Lee, lasting only three innings while giving up three earned runs on six hits.

Baseball now looks ahead to Senior Night as the Knights finish out their regular season with a doubleheader versus Bluefield College on Thursday, Apr. 19 in Covington, Va. at 5 p.m. EST.

Southern Virginia lost at Bluefield College 5-13 during the two team's only meeting this season on Apr. 12.