Baseball Earns First Win of Season in First Game of Twinbill

Baseball Earns First Win of Season in First Game of Twinbill

By Wesley Evans

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Behind five and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball by starting pitcher Bradley Jackson, the Southern Virginia University baseball team earned a 7-0 victory in game one of its doubleheader against Southern Vermont College Saturday afternoon at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Virginia.

The Knights fell in game two by a 12-6 margin.

In the first matchup, both teams were scoreless through one complete before Southern Virginia struck first. Zach McNally started things off with a double to left center field off Southern Vermont pitcher Joshua Hay.

After a passed ball, Jordan Keefer single and Ryan Saunders walk loaded the bases, CJ Andrus reached on a fielder's choice scoring McNally from third. Second baseman Giovanni Prado then singled, bringing in another Knights run before the end of the inning.

Southern Virginia tacked on one more in the bottom half of the third off a Keefer RBI, then both squads were again held scoreless in the fourth.

The Knights put up two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings—highlighted by a Madison Hildebrandt solo homer and Tanner Wilde RBI double.

Reliever Justin King held Southern Vermont scoreless in the seventh to earn the save.

Hildebrandt and McNally both finished 2-for-3 in the game while Keefer was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored.

Sal Sciara and Chris Nicastro had the lone hits for the Mountaineers.

Jackson (1-0) earned his first victory of the season giving up no runs on no hits with six strikeouts.

Hay (0-1) took the loss for Southern Vermont giving up three runs—two earned—on four hits with two strikeouts.