April 12, 2014

Baseball Falls to No. 17 Salisbury on Senior Day

By Wesley Evans

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped both games to 17th-ranked Salisbury University in a twinbill, 8-5 and 12-5, Saturday afternoon for Senior Day at Parry McCluer High School.

The event marked the final home contest for seniors Mitch Mantle and Tyler King.

Game two featured both teams knotted up at three after four complete innings.

After doubling down the right field line in the bottom of the first, Mantle scored off a Ryan Gabriel sac fly. Price and Mantle would go on to knock in two more RBI in the bottom of the second after Salisbury scored three runs of its own in the first two innings.

The Sea Gull bats came to life again in the fifth as they scored three runs, followed up by four more in the sixth and two more in the eighth to take a 12-3 lead.

Southern Virginia was able to put up two runs in its last at-bats of the game as freshman Keenan Johnson recorded an RBI double before scoring off a Keefer sac fly. That would be all the Knights would get as a Mantle ground out ended the game.

King took the loss in the decision for Southern Virginia, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work.

Mantle finished 5-10 on the day with three RBI in the final home games of his career in a Knight uniform. Andrus also had a solid day going 4-7 and walking twice, while Allen went 4-7 with three RBI.

Baseball will have three days of rest before traveling to Eastern Mennonite next Wednesday. The Knights will look to avenge a 9-5 loss to the Royals from Thursday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 pm.