February 6, 2013

Knights Sweep Season-Opening Doubleheader over Dragons

Written by Sean Dahlin 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team swept USCAA-opponent Virginia University of Lynchburg in its home-opening doubleheader on Wednesday 19-0 and 22-2, starting the 2013 year with a 2-0 record. 

"We did a good job of being aggressive at the plate and on the base paths today," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "Our pitchers also controlled the tempo by making quality pitches all day long." 

Southern Virginia (2-0) began the season on a high note scoring 41 runs and recording 29 hits throughout the doubleheader against Virginia-Lynchburg (0-2). The pitching staff was also a bright spot for the Knights allowing one earned run on the day. 

The Knights, who never trailed on the day, had a strong showing at the plate exploding for an all-time program record 18 runs in the first inning of play on route to a 19-0 victory in game one. Sophomore right-hander Thomas Rudd (Edmond, Okla.) earned the win for the Knights throwing three shutout innings along with four strikeouts while allowing one hit. 

In the second contest, Southern Virginia continued its offensive prowess scoring 6, 10 and then tacking on 6 more runs for a total of 22 overall runs—third-most runs scored in a single game in baseball's 14-year history. 

Redshirt freshman slugger Nicholas Lyons (Bryson City, N.C.) came up big driving in seven RBI on the day, finishing 3-for-4 in both games with two doubles. Seniors Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) and Trager Hintze (Purcell, Okla.) added three hits apiece and accounted for two and three RBI respectively. 

In game one, the Southern Virginia pitching staff held the Dragons scoreless highlighted by freshman hurler Jonathan Hodges (Cleveland, Tenn.), who struck out five batters in two innings of work. 

Five other Knights—Avery Benesch (Glendale, Ariz.), Tyler Clark (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah), Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) and Giovanni Prado (Wes Valley City, Utah)—recorded two hits on the day in the win. 

Baseball looks to avenge last season's 8-7 loss to Rochester College in the USCAA Small College World Series, hosting the Warriors in a doubleheader at Covington Field on Friday, Feb. 8.  

Watch live video as the Knights take on Rochester.