Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team today received a No. 6 seed into the 2013 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series hosted by Penn State-Greater Allegheny in Butler, Pa., from May 6-9.
"It's exciting to earn a program-record fourth straight bid to the USCAA Small College World Series," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "We accomplished our goal to enter the tournament and will look to make a run for the title."
Southern Virginia baseball recently finished with an 18-14 regular season record, including winning six of its final nine contests while also going 9-1 on its home turf. The squad's 18 regular-season wins marks the program's fourth-highest total in its 14-year history—the 2011, 2010 and 2008 teams registered 28, 21 and 19 regular season victories respectively.
The 2013 Knights are tied for the team lead in home runs (16) within the USCAA while ranking third in batting average (.341) and slugging percentage (.474) on the year in addition to recording a solid .948 fielding percentage.
Participating in its program-best fourth consecutive national tournament dating back to 2010, Southern Virginia heads into Butler, Pa., with a 10-2 record against USCAA opponents this year.
On Mar. 9, the Knights swept the No. 10-seeded Penn-Tech in a home twin bill 4-3 and 6-5 thanks to back-to-back walk-off hits from sophomore C.J. Andrus (Federal Way, Wash.). For its lone losses of USCAA-play in 2013, the team dropped a road doubleheader at rival and No. 1-seed Apprentice on Mar. 30 (3-0, 4-2).
This year's squad is paced offensively by junior shortstop Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) leading Southern Virginia in batting average (.472), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.676) and on-base percentage (.504) so far.
"This season's field of competition is deep, including Cincinatti-Clermont that's had a great season and will be a good test in our first game," said Mann, baseball's winningest coach with an 87-63 career mark. "Our team's objective is to make the championship game, the same as the other nine teams."
Baseball will open the double-elimination tournament on Mon., May 6, against No. 3-seed University of Cincinnati-Clermont at 1:30 p.m. for its second time in SCWS history—the Knights dropped a 3-1 first round battle to the Cougars on May 10, 2010.
Follow the 2013 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series on its official tournament website.