By Sam Armstrong
EMORY, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team was unable to overcome early deficits on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of games to Emory & Henry by scores of 6-3 and 12-9, respectively.
Four errors plagued the Knights (6-5) in game one of the day, as only three of the Wasps' (6-1) six runs were earned. The Knights' pitchers got the job done for the most part with starter Seth Burris lasting three innings and giving up only four hits while allowing three earned runs, and reliever Jonathan Soto pitching the final three frames, giving up five hits with no runs allowed.
Six batters tallied hits for Southern Virginia, including a double each off the bats of Cole Critchfield and Bridger Taylor. Left fielder Caleb Layden drove home two runners in the third, while Taylor gathered an RBI in the sixth.
Looking to bounce back in game two, the Knights' offense was nearly unstoppable with 16 total hits, but was still unable to match the 12 runs the Wasps put on the board. The 16 hits included two doubles, a triple, and a pair of home runs off the bat of Canon Anderson.
After an early 6-2 deficit, the Knights made their way back to tie the game up at 9-9 in the top of the seventh inning, but a walk-off three-run shot by Emory & Henry's Ben Sexton gave the Wasps the victory.
Layden stayed hot at the top of the lineup with three hits, while Anderson and Matt Roll tallied three hits as well. Taylor had two RBIs on the game while Critcfield and Ryan Saunders each drove in a run.
Tayler Peterson started the game on the mound for the Knights, but he was only able to get through two frames after giving up six runs on nine hits. Michael Stirling took the loss on the mound in his one and one-third innings pitched.
Southern Virginia continues its season on Tuesday as they take on Washington & Lee for the second time this season. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m. in Lexington, Va.