By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va. –Coming off its first win of the year Friday, the Southern Virginia University entered a doubleheader series with Hampden-Sydney with confidence but dropped the two games, 6-0, 12-4, Saturday afternoon at Ty Cobb Ballpark in Hampden Sydney, Va.
"We didn't play the best baseball today and it showed at the plate where we were struggling to hit the ball," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Mann. "In the first game, Colin Bigelow did a pretty good job for us and gave us chances to stay in it. In the second game, we were hitting better but our pitchers couldn't find the strike zone.
"We played a great team in Hampden-Sydney and you have to be consistent every game in order to have a chance to win."
Leading 1-0 after the top half of the third inning, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the third to up the lead to 5-0. HSC's John Lloyd singled to bring in two runs, and a few batters later a Jeff Gray single brought in another pair of runs for the Tigers. HSC would add a security run in the fifth inning.
Pitching five complete innings, freshman Colin Bigelow was pinned with the loss while Billy Nixon earned the win on the mound for the Tigers.
In the second game, the Tigers jumped to a quick 3-0 lead after the first inning before adding another three in the bottom of the third and four in the fourth. The Knights got on the board in the fifth when a Jordan Keefer single brought in Hunter Allen, who had doubled in the previous at-bat. Southern Virginia left two on base to complete the inning as two Knights struck out swinging.
Southern Virginia scored three runs in the sixth inning to trim the Tiger lead to 11-4. Following a string of walks and hit by pitches, Keefer was walked to bring in one run. Nick Lyons was then walked to bring in Keenan Johnson for the final Knight score of the day.
Southern Virginia (1-7) returns to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. as it takes on Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Parry McCluer High School.