By Daniel Whitehead
ARLINGTON, Va.—Facing first-year baseball program Marymount University to resume league play, the Southern Virginia University baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader to the Saints, 13-12 and 5-3, Saturday afternoon at O'Connell Field in Arlington, Va.
The first game featured a high-scoring affair as the Knights (5-17) rallied to knot the score at 12 apiece in the ninth inning following a grand slam to left center by first baseman Nick Lyons. However, a single up the middle by the Saints' Anthony Perretti scored Lorenzo Calderon from second base to earn the win for Marymount.
Catcher Ryan Gabriel homered in the third inning for two RBI that also scored Andrew Price and provided a 3-1 lead heading into the fourth. The Knights earned three runs in the fourth to increase the lead to 6-1, but Marymount earned seven runs in the bottom of the frame to pull back into the game. The Saints scored on a balk, a two-run single to center field, an RBI through the right side, a sac fly and a two-run single center field as MU earned three hits and took advantage of a Knight fielding error.
Marymount would earn three runs in the seventh to go up 12-7, just enough to withstand five Knight runs between the final two innings. In a relief effort, pitcher Gage Bigelow picked up the loss while Jason Freishtat earned the win.
In the second game, Southern Virginia got off to a quick start in the first inning scoring a run when a Hunter Allen single to right center brought in CJ Andrus. The Saints tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame and would go on to earn one run apiece in the third and fourth innings to go up, 3-1.
Following three scoreless innings for both squads, the Knights registered two more runs in the eighth to tie the score at 3-3. Jordan Keefer reached on an error to move Price to second and score Mitch Mantle from third. Price then scored from third when Andrus stole second and took advantage of the Saints trying to catch Andrus stealing.
Marymount again successfully broke free of the tie with a two-run effort in the bottom of the eighth. A Macon Heikes double to left center scored Jack Breheny and Perretti to decide the outcome of the game.
Pitching a complete game, senior Tyler King was given the loss after allowing nine hits and three earned runs but tallied four strikeouts in the effort. Marymount's Brandon Orbe earned the win for the Saints.
Southern Virginia continues CAC play with a single home matchup with Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon. The first toss is slated for 3 p.m. at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va.