No. 7 Christopher Newport Tops Southern Virginia Baseball

No. 7 Christopher Newport Tops Southern Virginia Baseball

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team suffered a tough 14-7 loss Wednesday afternoon on a windy day at Parry McCluer high school to nationally-ranked Capital Athletic Conference opponent Christopher Newport University. 

The Captains (23-4, 7-0 CAC) took an early 2-0 lead coming from a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Knights (10-12, 2-5 CAC) scored two runs on four straight singles. 

Neither team scored in the second inning, but CNU was able to snag a run in the top of the third, and again in the fourth and fifth before a five-run seventh to take a 13-3 lead. 

In the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Cole Critchfield hit a solo home run over the left field fence. In the seventh, the Knights scored two runs, the first coming from an error and the latter from Bridger Taylor's fourth single of the game. 

Southern Virginia was able to grab two more runs in the bottom of the final inning, scoring Christian Leishman and Conner Mason on a Kyle Hussein double down the left-field line. 

Both teams were able to hit the ball, as the Knights recorded 15 hits and the Captains recorded 17. Each team also recorded a pair of errors. The Captains, however, were able to find the advantage with four home runs and earned their 15th-straight win. 

Jonothan Soto took the loss on the mound, recording four strikeouts. Six other Knights appeared in relief.

Critchfield and Hussein combined for four RBIs while Brady Lamb and Taylor had the other two. 

The Knights are back in action on Friday in a CAC doubleheader against York (Pa.). The games will be at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. in Covington, Va.