By Laura Workman
SALEM, Va.—In its first contest of the season, the Southern Virginia University baseball team fell on the road to Roanoke College by a 14-6 score Wednesday afternoon in Salem, Virginia.
Both teams were scoreless until the second inning when Will Decker of Roanoke was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Lucas Nowlin. Nowlin eventually made his way around the bases for a 2-0 lead.
The Maroon offense then had a huge third inning by racking up eight runs on six hits for a 10-0 lead. The fourth inning led to two more Maroon runs for a 12-0 lead.
The Knights were unable to answer back offensively until the sixth inning. Southern Virginia capitalized on Maroon errors to get on base and a double by Luke Smith brought in two runs. Smith later scored off a single by Ryan Saunders for a 10-3 deficit.
A single by C.J. Andrus scored one more run for the Knights for a 12-4 score moving into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Roanoke bats came back alive as three more hits led to two final runs. The Knights rallied back on another Andrus single to bring in two more runs, but the Southern Virginia run came up short for a final 14-6 loss.
Southern Virginia will host Southern Vermont College in a doubleheader for its home opener Saturday, Feb. 14 at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia. The first pitch is set for 12 p.m.