By Laura Tome
BUENA VISTA, Va.—After nine innings of play against visiting Washington College, the Southern Virginia University baseball team was defeated 14-0 Tuesday afternoon at Parry McCluer High School.
The Knights struggled offensively against Shoreman pitcher Michael Long, who had four strikeouts and allowed only four hits. Ryan Gabriel started off on the base path with a walk in the first inning, but was unable to cross the plate.
The Shoremen had a big second inning started by Dennis Thomas' solo homerun. Thomas was followed by two hits and a three-run homer by centerfielder Scott Matthews to make the score 6-0. A single by Charlie Meder and two doubles by Nick Marinelli and Logan Dubbe drove in three more runs for the Shoremen in the fourth inning.
The Knights were unable to swing a hit until the bottom of the fourth when Zach McNally hit a single to left field, but was unable to move around the bases.
Shortstop C.J. Andrus singled up the middle to start off the fifth inning and proceede to steal second. Andrus advanced to third off of Tyler King's single to center field, but was stopped short as the Shoremen pulled a double play to end the inning. The Knights ended the seventh inning with two more runners left on base while the Shoremen scored three final runs in the eighth.
Chris Madison pitched through nearly four innings for the Knights to record the loss while Long earned his first win of the season for Washington College.
Southern Virginia (1-8) travels to face its first Capital Athletic Conference opponent of the season tomorrow at Christopher Newport. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Captains Park.