By Sam Armstrong
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Southern Virginia University baseball team lost both games of their doubleheader on Saturday to Marymount University by scores of 21-3 and 8-5.
The Saints (13-14, 7-7 CAC) tallied 43 hits on the day to make their way past the Knights (9-26, 2-14 CAC).
Southern Virginia started off the scoring in game one with an RBI groundout by Cole Critchfield.
The Saints would then score 18 runs over the next three innings to put the game out of reach. Marymount posted ten extra-base hits for the game, including four home runs.
The Knights finished off the game with a run in each of the last two innings, the first being an opposite field home run off the bat of infielder Riley Daniels, and the latter an RBI single by Critchfield. Sophomore Seth Burris took the loss on the mound for the Knights.
The second game of the day was a back-and forth battle, ending with an 8-5 win for the Saints. The Marymount bats would not be quieted as nine different players had at least one hit.
Freshman Cole Critchfield had another solid performance at the plate, posting two hits with a couple of RBI's, raising his team-leading batting average to .383. In the third inning, Josh Hilburn hit a sacrifice fly to bring a run home, and in the following frame, catcher Jordan Keefer hit a two-run homer to left field. Also locked in at the plate, were middle infielders Alex Brugos and Ryan Morin, chipping in a pair of hits apiece.
Taylor Peterson was a workhorse on the mound for the Southern Virginia, lasting six and two-thirds inning while giving up six earned runs and striking out four. Jonathan Hodges held the Saints scoreless in his two and one-third innings of relief work.
Southern Virginia looks to turn things around on Monday with a 7:00 p.m. game at Roanoke College.