by Wesley Evans
LEXINGTON, Va.—The Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped its home contest Thursday afternoon, falling to the University of Mary Washington by a 21-5 score at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia.
Despite taking a 2-1 lead through two complete innings, the Knights were unable to keep pace with the Mary Washington offense as it racked up 23 total hits and five home runs on the day.
The Eagles scored one in the top of the first before Southern Virginia (5-12, 4-7 CAC) responded in the second, taking its only lead of the game.
Designated hitter Zach McNally walked before Tanner Wilde doubled to left field, advancing Mcnally to third. Mary Washington starting pitcher Gabe Tonga then walked consecutive Knight batters—Ryan Saunders and Luke Smith—to tie the game at 1-1.
With bases loaded, shortstop CJ Andrus hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing in Wilde and giving Southern Virginia the 2-1 lead.
The Mary Washington (17-5, 8-5 CAC) offense then quickly ignited as it scored five runs in the third, three in the fourth, eight in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth, merely putting the game out of reach.
Southern Virginia was able to find a run in the bottom of the third off a Kaleb Caplin RBI single, then two more in the fifth from McNally and Saunders RBI's, but the Knights would find no more success from the plate the rest of the way.
Starting pitcher Justin King (0-1) took the loss in the decision while Bernie Mayflower (1-1) earned the win for Mary Washington.
Caplin and Luke Smith led all Southern Virginia hitters, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-3 from the plate respectively, while earning an RBI each for the game.
David Slupek led Mary Washington on the day, going 3-for-6 from the plate with six RBI and three home runs.
Baseball has just one day off before traveling north to take on No. 1 ranked Salisbury University in a twinbill on Saturday. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the SU Baseball Field in Salisbury, Maryland.