By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Two costly innings for the Southern Virginia University baseball team allowed visiting Christopher Newport University a 20-5 victory Tuesday afternoon at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va.
The Captains scored six runs in the third inning and seven in the eighth to build an insurmountable lead over the Knights, who used five different pitchers throughout the game. In 48 at-bats, Christopher Newport earned 19 hits and 17 RBI while 10 were walked and just three struck out. The Knights struggled to get on base against six Captain pitchers, totaling six hits and four RBI with nine strikeouts. Throughout the game, 10 Knights were left stranded on base as CNU used solid fielding to cement the win.
Down 2-0 at the bottom of the first, CJ Andrus singled to right center before advancing to second on a Hunter Allen ground out. Ryan Gabriel then doubled to left center field to score Andrus. After Jordan Keefer was walked, Keenan Johnson was struck out before Andrew Price grounded out to third base, leaving three Knights on base to close the inning.
Behind 11-2 through seven innings, the Knights allowed a seven-run eighth inning for the Captains in which Newport earned the runs by way of three hits and two errors by Southern Virginia. Newport's Curtis Henderson earned a grand slam over the left field fence for four insurance RBI.
With the game out of reach by the eighth inning, Johnson doubled to left field to advance Keefer to third. Senior Tyler King then doubled through the right side to score Johnson and Keefer for two RBI. The Knights would score Allen in the ninth off a Gabriel double to center field, but the game was out of reach.
Southern Virginia quickly continues play with a Thursday night matchup at Roanoke College in a rescheduled game initially set in February. The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m. in Roanoke, Va.