by Wesley Evans
LEXINGTON, Va.—Behind two homeruns and four RBI from senior Giovanni Prado, the Southern Virginia University baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep of Marymount University Saturday afternoon by scores of 9-2 and 5-3 at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia.
With the two victories, the Knights move into a fourth place tie in CAC standings with Mary Washington, Marymount and Wesley College.
In the first matchup, Southern Virginia starting pitcher Bradley Jackson went the distance as he held the Saints' offense in check, giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out seven batters in all nine innings of work.
The Knight offense forced Marymount to use five different pitchers for the contest as it racked up 14 hits, with eight different batters getting hits in the game.
Southern Virginia (5-10, 4-5 CAC) scored first in the bottom of the second inning off a Kaleb Caplinsingle. Junior Masen Fenn doubled to center field to begin the inning, then advanced to third on a balk by the Marymount pitcher before scoring of Kaplin's RBI single.
The Saints' two runs off Jackson came in the fourth inning as they took a 2-1 lead off RBI's from Stephen Berczek and Max Burcham.
The Knights responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning when Prado hit a solo-homer over the right field wall, tying up the game.
After Jackson got Marymount (8-9, 4-5 CAC) hitters to go three-up and three-down in the top of the fifth, Southern Virginia took the lead for good as it loaded the bases in its at-bats, before Prado walked to bring in the leading run.
Jackson (3-2) earned the win in the decision for Southern Virginia, and Collin Bazemore (0-2) took the loss for Marymount.
The second game featured more of a pitcher's duel until the Knights tallied up four runs in the seventh.
Both teams went scoreless through the first three innings of play, before Ryan Blake homered off Southern Virginia starting pitcher Colin Bigelow, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Knights came back to score in the bottom half of the inning off a sacrifice fly from Caplin, scoring shortstop CJ Andrus who had singled to start the inning.
Marymount took the lead again in the sixth off an RBI single from Chas Hinkle off Knight relief pitcher Chris Madison.
Both squads went hitless in their next at-bats, but Southern Virginia would not go away as it scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, taking a 5-1 lead.
Saunders and Andrus both reached base, then Saunders scored when Saint pitcher Blake through a wild pitch. Fenn then doubled to score Andrus from third before Prado launched his second homer of the day, again over the right field wall.
Marymount put up one more run in the eighth, but would get no closer as Madison shut the visitors out in the ninth.
Madison (1-2) earned the win for Southern Virginia as Blake (2-1) took the loss in game two.
Prado led the Knights in the second contest, going 1-for-3 from the plate with two RBI.
Baseball is off until next Thursday when it hosts the University of Mary Washington. The first pitch is slated for 4 p.m. in Lexington, Virginia.