March 13, 2014

Baseball Loses CAC Opener at Christopher Newport

By Laura Tome

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team extended its losing streak to four as the Knights could not swing enough hits and fell 3-1 to host Christopher Newport Thursday afternoon at Captains Park in Newport News, Va.

The Captains scored first in the bottom of the first inning on a single to centerfield by Kyle Corwin, who brought in Justin Weaver and A.J. Nicely to make the score 2-0.

The Knights  could not answer back until the top of the seventh inning when senior Mitch Mantle capitalized on Captain errors to reach first and then stole second. C.J. Andrus reached first on a throwing error by the Captains' short stop Billy Steel, which allowed Mantle to cross the plate and put the Knights on the board.

Colin Bigelow's nine strikeouts along with the Knights' solid defense shut the Captains down until the eighth inning when sophomore Jacob Houston hit a deep triple up the right field line to get in scoring position. With two outs, Tommy Kane hit a single up the middle to bring Houston in for the Captains' final run of the day.

Ryan Gabriel was consistent for the Knights offensively as he went 3-4, but was left stranded every time. Joining Gabriel on the bases after a hit was Zach McNally with a single in the third, King with a single in the ninth and Andrus with singles in the fifth and ninth innings.

After seven innings on the mound, Colin Bigelow recorded nine strikeouts, five hits and two runs. Tyler King stepped on the mound in the eighth inning and allowed two hits, one run and recorded one strikeout of his own. Nick Santalucia earned the win for the Captains after pitching seven innings and matched Bigelow's five hits and nine strikeouts.

The Knights will face another Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn St.-Harrisburg for a double header on Saturday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Baseball Field.