By Sam Armstrong
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Southern Virginia baseball team pulled out a close win against Washington & Lee on Tuesday, by a score of 8-7.
The Knights (9-22) scored three runs in the top of the ninth and held on in the bottom half of the inning to come away with the win against the Generals (19-8).
The Generals scored three runs in both the first and second innings to start the game with a 6-0 lead, and would tack on one more run in the fifth inning to round out their scoring for the game.
The Knights offense scored four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run single off the bat of senior Justin King. Freshman Riley Daniels kicked off the fifth inning with a double, and was brought home by first baseman Zach McNally, who hit a double of his own down the left field line. McNally would finish with three hit and three RBI's for the game.
Down 7-5 going into the ninth inning, the Knights' rally started with a couple of walks and a single by Cole Critchfield to load the bases. McNally hit a sacrifice fly to bring in one runner, after which, catcher Jordan Keefer hit a single to bring in another runner and tie the game at seven. After a walk to load the bases, Austen Hammond also earned a free pass to bring in the go-ahead run.
Tayler Petersen started on the mound for Southern Virginia, giving up four runs in four and one-thirds innings. Junior Jonathan Hodges was fantastic in relief to pick up the win, giving up only one hit and zero runs while striking out three, over four and two-thirds innings.
The Knights take the field again on Wednesday as they travel to Crozet, Va. for a home game against Christopher Newport. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.