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.