by Wesley Evans
YORK, Pa.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped both games of its CAC twinbill Monday afternoon, falling to York College (Pa.) by scores of 10-8 and 17-0 at Jaquet Field in York, Pennsylvania.
Errors proved to be costly for Southern Virginia in game one, particularly in a pivotal bottom of the fifth inning, where three Knight errors led to seven York College runs—six of which were unearned
Both teams were neck and neck before the Spartans took advantage of Southern Virginia's miscues. York struck first in the beginning inning when Brad Wenzel scored off a fielder's choice after singling through the right side.
The Knights were quick to respond in the top half of the second when, after Jordan Keefer was hit-by-pitch, Southern Virginia (3-8, 2-4 CAC) used small ball to advance Keefer to third before a Kaleb Caplin RBI single brought the Knight's first run across the plate.
York (6-3, 3-2 CAC) tallied one more run in both the bottom of the third and fourth innings, but Southern Virginia responded in the top of the fifth off a Giovanni Prado two-out, two-RBI single, scoring Masen Fenn and Madison Hildebrandt to tie the score at 3-3.
After the seven-run fifth inning for York, neither team was able to score until the Knight bats came alive in the final inning. Looking for a furious comeback while trailing 10-3, Luke Smith started things off with a solo-homer to cut Southern Virginia's deficit to six.
Three Knight batters were able to reach base successfully before Prado stepped up and launched a grand slam over the wall with two outs, putting Southern Virginia down by just two.
York relief pitcher Stephen Miele was then able to get pinch-hitter Hunter Allen to fly out to centerfield for the third and final out, ending the Knights chances at a comeback.
Prado finished 2-for-3 on the game with six RBI, while Caplin and Smith also pitched in an RBI each for the Southern Virginia offense.
Starting pitcher Chris Madison (0-2) took the loss in the decision, giving up nine runs—only two earned—on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work while striking out three.
Patrick Pittman (1-0) earned the win for York, striking out two while giving up three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
It was all York College in game two as the Spartans used a seven-run first inning to gain a quick lead off Southern Virginia starter Tanner Wilde.
York put up two more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the seventh and six more in the eighth inning to gain an insurmountable lead.
After putting up eight runs in the first game, the Knight offense couldn't find its groove in game two off Spartan starter Matt Goodman. Southern Virginia threatened just one time—in the top of the eighth—when Prado reached third base with one out, but that's as far as he would get as Goodman got the next two batters to ground out to end the inning.
Southern Virginia was able to register just four hits on the game, while York College put up 17 runs on 17 hits.
Wilde (0-1) took the loss for the Knights, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 3.0 innings pitched.
Goodman went the distance for York, striking out two and walking just one batter while earning the shutout.