Written by Sean Dahlin
FERRUM, Va.—Behind nine scoreless innings from senior left-hander Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah) and freshman reliever Jonathan Hodges (Cleveland, Tenn.), the Southern Virginia University baseball team earned a 5-0 victory at USA South-opponent Ferrum College on Wednesday.
"Ed [Greenhalgh] pitched a phenomenal game, keeping the batters off-balance all night and hitting his locations in one of his finest performances of his career," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "Our pitching was the bright spot tonight with Jonathan [Hodges] throwing two clutch innings of relief as well."
In his third straight winning decision, Greenhalgh tossed seven innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits and striking out eight batters—one short of his career-high nine-strikeout performance on Mar. 13, 2012, at Greensboro College. Hodges added two no-hit innings for his fourth relief appearance this year without allowing a run.
On the offensive end, senior co-captain Trager Hintze (Purcell, Okla.) recorded a game-high three RBI and went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a two-RBI single to right-center in the fifth, on route to Southern Virginia's (12-7) five-run win over Ferrum (10-15).
"Trager's hit to score two runs in the fifth was clutch, giving us some breathing room," said Mann.
Hintze got the ball rolling for the Knights as he brought home teammate Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) on a ground ball to second base in the top of the first inning for the 1-0 lead.
Aside from Hintze's liner to score Stevenson and freshman outfielder Tyler Clark (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in the top of the fifth,—both registered two runs apiece in the contest—junior infielder Giovanni Prado (West Valley City, Utah) and senior Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz.) added RBI-singles each to right field respectively to round out Southern Virginia's run production on the evening.
Brown and Clark each went 2-for-4 at the plate while Clark also recorded a double and stolen base. Junior first baseman Josh Linn (Muskogee, Okla.) had the Knights' only other extra-base knock doubling a ball down right field in the top of the second inning in the road win.
Greenhalgh improved to 4-1 on the season, three wins shy of the single-season program record seven wins held by former pitchers Darrell Brown (2010, 2011), Michael Edstrom (2009) and Derek Snider (2010). Ferrum starting pitcher Chris Walker (1-5) was handed the loss allowing one run in his one inning of work.
Baseball will travel on the road to Lynchburg, Va., to take on its third NCAA Division III opponent in the past four competition dates in a twin bill at Lynchburg College on Mar. 23.
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