COVINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team took a pair of Capital Athletic Conference games from York College of Pennsylvania on Friday for the first time in program history at Casey Field in Covington, Va. The games were originally slated for Saturday but moved up in anticipation of wet weather.
The thrilling game one began with a Southern Virginia (12-12, 4-5 CAC) run in the bottom of the first inning on a Stetson Kay homer. York (8-11-1, 1-4 CAC) answered back with five runs in the second inning.
The Knights got one run back in the bottom of the frame, scoring a walked Bridger Taylor on a Jonathan Soto double to left. After a scoreless fourth, the Knights took a 7-6 lead after five on RBIs from Cole Critchfield and Soto, and a first and third double steal that scored Cannon Anderson.
In the seventh, the Spartans snagged two runs and the Knights scored one on an error, to knot the score 8-8 heading to the eighth.
After a scoreless inning, York opened the top of the ninth with a go-ahead two-run homer. In the bottom half, Critchfield was hit by a pitch and scored on Bridger Taylor's double to cut the lead to one.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Ryan Saunders hit a deep line drive double to right field, scoring both pinch runners for the 11-10 walk-off win.
The Knights recorded 18 hits in the affair, as Kay finished with four hits, two runs, and an RBI. Anderson and Taylor also had two runs and three hits.
Critchfield, Taylor, Soto, and Saunders each had a pair of RBIs and Matt Roll earned his first win on the mound with 2.2 innings pitched and two strikeouts. Senior Seth Burris had a no-decision in his start, striking out four.
In the second game of the twin bill, the Knights' offense continued with 11 hits and six runs.
York got on the board early with a leadoff home run. In the bottom of the frame, Cole Critchfield singles to left field, scoring Caleb Layden. In the third inning, Cannon Anderson went yard over the right-field wall to give the Knights a 2-1 advantage.
The Knights had a big seventh inning, scoring the first two of four runs on a Ryan Saunders home run over the deep center-field fence, bringing home Jordan Keefer who walked. Anderson scored the next run from a Critchfield double. He later scored on a Soto single to center.
Taylor Peterson continued to deal on the mound, having only allowed four hits and one run through eight innings. After allowing two hits to open the ninth inning, he was replaced by Jonathan Hodges, who earned the save on the mound.
Peterson finished with six strikeouts in his fourth win of the season, and Hodges notched his second save.
The Knights head into another four-game week as they head to Frostburg State on Tuesday, April 10.