By Sam Armstrong
DANVILLE, Va. – The Southern Virginia University men's baseball team swept its doubleheader at Averett University on Wednesday, winning the first game 4-0 and the second game 5-3 in 12 innings.
Senior Seth Burris was dominant in game one for the Knights (3-3), pitching a seven-inning shutout while striking out nine batters and allowing only four hits. The defense was solid behind him, committing no errors.
An excellent third inning for the Knights' offense was enough to put them on top for the duration of the game, scoring four runs in the frame. Stetson Kay led off the inning with a walk, after which Ryan Saunders and Caleb Layden each singled to load the bases. A Cole Critchfield single to left center drove in two runs, and a throwing error by the Panthers (1-4) plated two more runners later on.
Saunders finished the game with three of the Knights' five hits and a stolen base, while Critchfield had 2 RBIs.
Game two of the day was a 12-inning thriller that ended with Southern Virginia scoring two in the final frame, with Jonathan Hodges shutting the door on any opportunities for the Panthers in the extra innings.
In the 12th, the Panthers walked in the go-ahead run and allowed another to score on a fielder's choice.
The Knights got off to a hot start scoring three runs in the first two innings, but not scoring again until the winning runs crossed. The Panthers responded by scoring one in the fourth and two in the sixth to send the game to extras.
Saunders again performed well, finishing with a pair of hits and an RBI, while Critchfield had a hit, two walks, and an RBI, with designated hitter Mitch Tyse driving in two runs himself.
Senior Tayler Peterson started the game on the mound, lasting five and one-third innings while allowing only three hits and no earned runs (three unearned). Hodges took the hill in the sixth and pitched a shutout for the rest of the game, giving up only one hit over six and two-thirds in the win.
Southern Virginia has over a week-long break before they play again against Penn State-Mont Alto at home. The doubleheader will begin at 12:00 noon and be held at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va.