Written by Sean Dahlin
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—Despite junior shortstop Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.)—leading the team with a .652 batting average so far—going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, the Southern Virginia University baseball team lost its third straight road contest 11-7 on Friday at Virginia Intermont College.
"Our players hit the ball well and played solid defense but weren't able to come away with the win," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "We have little time to dwell on the game and will look forward to our doubleheader against Virginia Intermont [College] tomorrow."
Virginia Intermont (7-1) found itself with a 2-0 lead over Southern Virginia (5-3) after one complete inning behind two RBI-singles by Cobras Tyler Richardson and Clint Chafin.
Four runs scored in the second inning as the Knights first evened the score at two apiece in the top half with senior Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) and CJ Andrus (Federal Way, Wash.), who went 1-for-3 and 2-for-5 at the plate respectively, crossing home plate. The Cobras jumped ahead for the final time, however, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.
After Southern Virginia's Brown knocked in teammate junior Josh Linn (Muskogee, Okla.) in the top of the third, both teams went scoreless before Virginia Intermont put up a crooked number (4) in the sixth to extend its lead to 8-3.
Senior catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) brought in two runs from his single to left field in the seventh and Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) hit a two-run shot over the right field wall in the top half of the eighth; however, the Knights' rally came up short as first baseman Preston Asbill scored two of the Cobras' three runs the bottom-third of the game on route to the Friday night win.
Both starting pitchers went at least five innings as Southern Virginia junior lefty Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) recorded the loss (0-1), completing 5.2 innings and allowing seven earned runs on nine hits while striking out two batters.
Virginia Intermont starter Derrick Murphy (1-0) earned his first win of 2013, going five innings while allowing three runs on three hits and registering five walks and one strike out.
Price contributed to the Knights' offensive output going 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Baseball has little time to think about Friday's game facing the Cobras again for a twin bill on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 1 p.m.