Peterson Shines Yet Again As Knights Take Two From Wolverines

Peterson Shines Yet Again As Knights Take Two From Wolverines

By Sam Armstrong

DOVER, Del. – The Southern Virginia baseball team picked up two huge conference wins on Saturday, taking down Wesley College in both games of a twin bill by winning the games 5-2 and 2-0, respectively.

The Knights (14-13, 6-6 CAC) went to work in the top of the second, scoring all five of their runs in the frame. The Wolverines (9-18, 3-10 CAC) scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but it was not enough to close the gap. 

The pitching was phenomenal in game one for the Knights, as Seth Burris pitched five innings and giving up four hits and one earned run in the win, while Jonathan Hodges picked up the save by pitching the last four innings and allowing only two hits.

Jonathan Soto led the way with three base hits, while Brady Lamb had two. Left fielder Caleb Layden had a two-RBI double in the game, and seniors Ryan Saunders and Jordan Keefer each had one run batted in.

The two runs that Southern Virginia scored in the third inning was enough for senior Tayler Peterson, who pitched a four-hit shutout while striking out three in the 2-0 win. Peterson has been nothing short of dominant over his last four starts, pitching 31 innings, allowing only 15 hits and two earned runs for a 0.58 ERA, striking out 18 hitters, and walking only five on his way to four wins.

The Knights scored their two runs as Cole Critchfield reached on a fielding error, scoring Layden and Stetson Kay.

Lamb performed well with another two-hit performance and a stolen base while five other Knights tallied hits as well.

Wesley's Cody Simet held up his end of the pitching matchup, going nine innings and allowing seven hits and no earned runs.

With six CAC contests left on the schedule, Southern Virginia sits at fifth in the conference standings. The top six teams in the league qualify for the CAC playoffs.

The Knights will play again on Monday in a nonconference makeup game against Eastern Mennonite. The game is slated for 4:00 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va.