By Wesley Evans
YORK, Pa.—In its final games of the 2014 season, the Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped both contests to 28th-ranked York College (Pa.) in a twinbill Saturday afternoon, by respective scores of 10-4 and 5-1, at Jaquet Field in York, Pa.
Southern Virginia took a quick 3-2 lead after three-and-a-half innings, but a five-run fourth for York would be too much for the Knights to overcome.
Starting Southern Virginia pitcher Colin Bigelow got out of a jam in the bottom half of the first with the help of catcher Jordan Keefer. With two outs and runners on first and third, Keefer threw out York's Colbe Herr trying to steal second to end the inning.
The Knights tacked on another run in the top of the second frame to go up 2-0. Left fielder Keenan Johnson hit a leadoff single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch before Mantle picked up an RBI single to the right side.
York put up a run in consecutive innings to knot the score at two apiece before heading into the top of the fourth. Mantle – who finished 2-4 in the game - again came up clutch for Southern Virginia with an RBI double to right center, scoring Johnson, who reached base on an error and advanced by an Andrew Price sacrifice bunt. Hunter Allen lined into a double play in the next at-bat that ended the threat.
The Spartan offense then reeled off five runs in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth, which was all it would need as Southern Virginia was able to put up just one run in its final at-bats.
C. Bigelow took the loss on the decision, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work.
Tyler Alexander picked up the victory for York (25-8), pitching five innings while giving up three runs on six hits.
Aside from scoring one run in the fourth inning of the second game, Southern Virginia's offense was stagnant for the most of game two as it was only able to garner four hits off Spartan starting pitcher Dan McNamara.
In the fourth, Gabriel led off with a double to left center before advancing to third on a Zach McNally groundout. Shortstop CJ Andrus then had a double of his own to the left side, scoring Gabriel and giving the Knights its only run of the game.
The home team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two complete off starting pitcher Tyler King before the Southern Virginia run. The Spartans tallied one more in the bottom of the fourth, which was enough as the Knight offense was held at bay the rest of the way.
McNamara earned the 5-1 victory, going the distance while walking one and striking out five.
King took the loss giving up five runs – three earned – on eight hits while striking out two in 6.0 innings pitched.
With the loss, Southern Virginia finishes its 2014 campaign with a 5-26 record.