By Wesley Evans
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—In its second conference game of the season, the Southern Virginia University baseball team fell to the University of Mary Washington by a slim 6-5 margin at Dickinson Stadium in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
After Mary Washington scored off a double from Capital Athletic Conference RBI-leader Jono Haught in the bottom of the first, Southern Virginia answered in the top half of the second.
Ryan Saunders reached on an error, then scored on the very next play off a Jordan Keefer RBI double to right field. First baseman Zach McNally then singled to right field advancing Keefer to third, who then scored off a right field error to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
Southern Virginia (1-6, 0-2 CAC) starter Chris Madison then held the Eagle offense scoreless, before the Knights tacked on two more runs in the top of the third—highlighted by a two-out RBI double by Giovanni Prado to right field—giving them a 4-1 lead.
Mary Washington (10-2, 2-2 CAC) responded in the bottom half of the third with three runs of its own to tie the score at four-apiece.
The bats quieted down for both teams for the next four-and-a-half innings as both pitchers kept the offenses in check.
Mary Washington found life in the bottom of the eighth when a Haught triple scored shortstop Justin Kime—who had singled to start off the inning. Haught went on to score off a sac-fly to give the Eagles its final run of the game.
Southern Virginia threatened in the ninth and final inning being down by two. Luke Smith singled after a Kaleb Caplin strikeout to start things off. After a CJ Andrus strikeout and Smith stealing second, designated hitter Madison Hildebrandt singled to left field, scoring Smith and cutting the Knight deficit to one.
That would be as close as Southern Virginia would get as Eagle reliever Nick McIntyre struck out Southern Virginia's Masen Fenn, ending the comeback bid.
Smith led all Knight hitters on the afternoon, going 3-for-5 from the plate with two runs scored. Hildebrandt finished two hits while Prado led Southern Virginia with two RBI.
Haught led the Mary Washington offense, garnering three hits on the day to go along with three RBI.
Madison (0-1) took the loss on the afternoon, giving up six runs—five earned—while striking out three in 7.0 innings of work.
Ryan Van assche (4-1) earned the win for Mary Washington, giving up zero runs and striking out five in 3.2 innings pitched.
Baseball turns right back around Thursday evening when it travels to Roanoke, Virginia, to take on the Roanoke College Maroons. The first pitch will take place at 7 p.m. at Kiwanis Baseball Field.