Written by Sean Dahlin
LEXINGTON, Va.—On a day in which a total of 32 hits and 22 runs were registered, including a 3-for-4, four RBI performance from senior outfielder Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.), the Southern Virginia University baseball team won its second straight road contest on Wednesday defeating crosstown rival Washington and Lee University 14-8.
"When we hit the ball and played defense like we did today, we're a tough team to beat," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "Dale [Brown] had a great performance and Josh [Linn] saw the ball well at the plate."
Southern Virginia (7-4) took an early advantage over Washington and Lee (5-4) scoring seven runs in the first two innings of the game, plating two runs in the top of the first as junior first baseman Josh Linn (Muskogee, Okla.), who was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a double, hit in fellow-junior Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) and senior Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) scored on a fielder's choice.
Following a well-placed bunt near the third base line by freshman outfielder Tyler Clark (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in the second inning, Linn and Stevenson hit in a pair of RBIs apiece on bases-clearing hits—Linn recorded a double to left field and Stevenson a single through the infield.
The Generals bounced back with four runs through four complete to cut the Knights' lead 7-4 on a two-run blast over the left field fence by Luke Deary in the bottom of the second followed by a pair of RBI-singles from Taylor Rowe and Kyle Witty in the fourth.
The game was broken open in the top half of the sixth inning when Southern Virginia's Dale Brown hit a grand slam to score himself along with senior third baseman Trager Hintze (Purcell, Okla.)—who was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI—Linn and senior catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.).
Keegan Dolan accounted for both of Washington and Lee's runs in the following innings with a solo shot down left field line in the seventh and an RBI-single in the eighth.
The Knights, however, matched the runs with two of their own in the top of the eighth to extend their lead (13-6), highlighted by Clark hitting in fellow-outfielder Brown.
In the top of the ninth, Southern Virginia tacked on one more run as freshman Avery Benesch (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored before the Generals added two runs on RBI-singles by Andrew Head and Riley Stout. Washington and Lee's attempt to rally, however, was stopped as junior Giovanni Prado (West Valley City, Utah) scooped up a slow-rolling ground ball and fired it to first for the final out of the contest on route to the 14-8 victory.
Stevenson contributed with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs while Price went 2-for-6 registering a double and an RBI.
"Tyler [Cox] kept Washington and Lee off balance and did enough on the mound to get the win," said Mann.
Knights senior starting pitcher Cox (2-1)—who helped himself out offensively going 2-for-4 with two runs scored—earned the win on Wednesday, throwing 6.2 innings and striking out seven batters while allowing five runs. Generals' starter Andrew Lamb (0-1) took the loss after pitching 2.0 innings and giving up seven runs.
Baseball heads on the road to Fredericksburg, Va., to face future Capital Athletic Conference-foe the University of Mary Washington in a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 2.
Follow live stats as the Knights take on the Eagles starting at noon.