By Sam Armstrong
SALISBURY, Md. – The Southern Virginia University baseball team took on Salisbury University in a twin bill on Saturday, dropping the first game in a heartbreaker 5-4, and winning game two of the day 2-0.
The Knights (9-8, 1-1 CAC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game one on a Canon Anderson base-hit up the middle that scored Stetson Kay, who previously singled. The team scored two more runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to make the game 4-0, a lead they would hold until the eighth frame.
The Sea Gulls (10-6, 1-2 CAC), who are receiving votes in the D3baseball.com rankings, finally got their offense going in the final two innings. In the eighth, Salisbury scored two runs on a single and a sacrifice fly to make the tally 4-2, and then plated three more in the top of the ninth to take a 5-4 advantage. The Knights were unable to reach base in the bottom of the inning
Anderson led the Knights with three hits and an RBI, while Cole Critchfield had two hits. Ryan Saunders also had a solid performance, drawing two walks with a pair of RBIs. Seth Burris had an excellent game on the mound, giving up no runs in five innings pitched. Stetson Kay picked up the loss in two-thirds of an inning.
Senior Tayler Peterson was the man of the game in the second half of the doubleheader, pitching eight shutout innings while striking out five batters and allowing only three hits. Jonathan Soto closed out the 2-0 win for the Knights, earning the save in the ninth inning.
Southern Virginia scored its first run in the fourth inning when Anderson doubled to left center, plating Caleb Layden. In the sixth, Kay hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Nate McCallum, wrapping up the scoring for the game.
McCallum led the Knights with a pair of hits and a run, while Layden, Kay, and Anderson each finished with a hit.
The Knights continue conference play on Monday as Mary Washington comes to town. The game is slated for 3:45 p.m. at Parry McCluer High School.