By Wesley Evans
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team fell to host Lynchburg College, 16-3, Friday afternoon at Fox Field in Lynchburg, Va.
A 12-run second inning for the Hornets proved to be the difference maker as Southern Virginia was unable to overcome the early deficit.
Shortstop Jake Tanner started things off for Lynchburg with a single to right field. After a few more hits and costly errors by the Knight defense, Tanner came up again and belted a three run homerun down the left field line. KC Caldwell also hit a two-run blast in the inning that gave the Hornets its 12th run.
Lynchburg (21-10) poured on three more in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by another Caldwell homer, this time a three-run shot to increase the lead to 15-0.
Southern Virginia hitters were kept at bay for most of the game by Hornet starting pitcher Trey Elder. In the top of the eighth, the Knights were able to put up three runs of their own.
After Mitch Mantle and Hunter Allen singles, freshman catcher Ryan Gabriel – who finished 2-4 on the day - doubled to left center, bringing in both runners. Pinch hitter Nick Lyons followed Gabriel with a single of his own to centerfield, before Tyler King put the ball in play to score Gabriel from third.
That would be all Southern Virginia (5-24) would score as it went three up, three down in the top of the ninth. Lynchburg tacked on one more run in the eighth to finalize the score.
Starting pitcher Colin Bigelow took the loss in the decision, giving up 11 runs – three earned – on seven hits while walking four and striking out one.
Elder secured the win for the Hornets, giving up no runs and four hits in 7.0 innings of work.
Baseball has seven days off before it travels to York College on April 26 for a doubleheader at Jaquet Field in York, Pa. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.