By Wesley Evans
Southern Virginia University (5-22) at Roanoke College (14-16)
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Start Time: 7 pm
Location: Kiwanis Park (Salem, Va.)
About the Knights
Southern Virginia is looking for its first victory in nine games Thursday night. Baseball's most recent defeat came one day ago in a close 9-7 loss at Eastern Mennonite University.
Freshman catcher Ryan Gabriel leads the Knights offensively with a .307 average on the year to go along with 17 RBI and two homeruns. Senior Mitch Mantle has been hot as of late and is tied for most RBI on the team with18. The Southern Virginia pitching staff has accumulated a 6.27 ERA on the season while holding opponents to a .332 average.
About the Maroons
As a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) during the 2014 season, Roanoke is currently riding a three-game win streak with wins over Bridgewater, Lynchburg and Greensboro College.
Will Black leads all Maroon hitters with a .380 batting average and has gone 35-92 on the year. The pitching staff currently has a 5.53 ERA while holding opponents to a .284 average.