Written by Chris Pendleton
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team bounced back from Tuesday's loss at the 2012 Small College World Series to top-seeded Spalding with a 13-2 route over No. 7 Penn State-Beaver on Wednesday.
Southern Virginia (18-17) fell behind in the top of the first when PSU-Beaver (26-19) scored one run off two hits against Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.), who usually plays shortstop for the Knights, but started on the mound against the Nittany Lions.
PSU-Beaver's lead did not last long, however, as the Knights exploded for five runs in the bottom of half of the first, highlighted by a grand slam from All-American Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.).
Southern Virignia's other All-American, Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.), drove in the Knights' first run with an RBI single through the ride side of the infield scoring Stevenson and advancing Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) to third.
Following a Trager Hintze (St. George, Utah) walk that loaded the bases for Southern Virginia, Alexander came to the plate and cleared the bases with a homerun down the right-field line giving the Knights a 5-1 advantage.
Alexander's homerun increased his team-leading total to 11 on the season moving him within one of the Southern Virginia single-season record set by Jake Johnson and Snider last season.
PSU-Beaver added their second and final run in the top of the third to pull within three (5-2) of Southern Virginia, but the Knights outscored the Nittany Lions 8-0 from that point on for their second win at the SCWS.
In addition to Alexander's 4 RBIs, Hintze also drove in four runs on a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Snider also had a huge game going 2-for-3 with 4 runs to go along with 3 RBIs.
Stevenson (4-0) not only earned the complete-game win for the Knights, but also went 3-for-4 from the plate and scored 3 runs to help his own cause.
Robert Key (Flower Mound, Texas) went a perfect 2-for-2 in the win.
With Wednesday victory, Southern Virginia advances to play their second game of the day against No. 3 Rochester College at 5:30 p.m. EST.