BECKLEY, W.Va.—Playing in its conference opener, the Southern Virginia University baseball team was topped by visiting No. 25 Frostburg State on a pretty Thursday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia.
The Bobcats (10-0, 3-0) built a gradual lead in the opening innings before exploding in the third with six runs to open up a 10-0 advantage over the Knights (1-5, 0-1) after three frames. After the top of the fifth inning, Frostburg State led 16-0 as the Bobcat hitters combined for 15 hits against Knight pitchers Colin Bigelow (2 IP) and Bradley Jackson (3 IP).
Southern Virginia came alive in the bottom of the fifth as Giovanni Prado singled through the right side and advanced to second after sophomore Jordan Keefer grounded out to the second baseman. Prado then stole third before Kaleb Caplin was walked. Ryan Saunders earned an RBI single to score Prado and advance Caplin to third. Luke Smith then hit a winding floater to right field for a two-RBI triple to bring in Saunders and Caplin. CJ Andrus singled to right center for an RBI to send Smith home. The Knights loaded the bases but could not bring in any more runs to cut the Frostburg lead to 16-4 on four hits during the frame.
After Keefer scored in the eighth inning, the Knights enjoyed a successful final inning as they scored four more runs on four hits by way of pinch hitters to bring the game to its conclusion. Hitting for Andrus, Seth Jenkins was hit by a pitch to get on base. Kenneth Lane was walked to allow two Knights on base. Wyatt Robledo was then hit by a pitch to advance all runners. Justin Cooper singled through the left side for two RBI as Lane and Jenkins scored. Hunter Allen singled up the middle to score Robledo. After one out, Andrew Price singled to left field to bring in Cooper for the final run of the game.
Frostburg's Kam Stewart earned three runs on four hits and registered four RBI to lead the Bobcats. Pitcher Ryan Callahan pitched five innings to earn the win while Southern Virginia's Bigelow picked up the loss.
Southern Virginia returns to action Tuesday, Mar. 17 at home against Central Pennsylvania at noon at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia.