May 6, 2013

Baseball Falls to Cincinnati Clermont in First Game at SCWS

Written by Sean Dahlin 

BUTLER, Pa.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped its first game at the USCAA Small College World Series 6-0 on Monday to No. 3 seeded University of Cincinnati Clermont College. 

"We were unable to put together anything consistent on the offensive end," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "We'll put this one out of our minds and focus on executing in tomorrow's game to stay alive in the tournament." 

Despite newly-named USCAA First Team All-American Mitch Stevenson's (Muskogee, Okla.) game-high two-hit performance, No. 6 Southern Virginia (18-15) was held scoreless by Cincinnati-Clermont (25-7-1) in the opening round. 

Through the first three-plus innings of the game, both teams were shutout until the Cougars put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth beginning when Steve Hendri crossed home plate on a single to right field from teammate Josh Kennedy. 

The No. 3-seed finished the four-score fourth inning as Josh Reinhar hit a two-RBI single to the right-center gap. 

In the fifth inning, Cincinnati-Clermont extended its lead on unearned runs scored by John Cloyd and Hendri for the six-run advantage. 

The Knights' best opportunity to score was in the two-hit sixth beginning with singles from Stevenson and senior designated hitter Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.). Freshman right fielder Tyler Clark (Idaho Falls, Idaho) reached first on a fielder's choice before being thrown out at home plate by the second baseman. 

Clark, Cox and senior catcher Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C.) each added a single apiece in the loss. 

The Cougars' starter Josh Williams (7-0) remained undefeated on the year in his complete game five-hit, two-strikeout shutout. Southern Virginia's USCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection senior Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah) was handed the loss, moving to 4-3 after allowing six runs on five hits through 4.0 innings. 

With the loss, baseball will move through the loser's bracket tomorrow, Tues., May 7, at 8:30 a.m. against No. 10-seed Pennsylvania College of Technology—Southern Virginia swept the Wildcats in back-to-back walk-off games at home on Mar. 9 this year. 

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