BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team won both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, defeating Alfred State 7-0 in game one and 11-7 in game two.
The story of the first game for the Knights (7-2) was the phenomenal pitching of Riley Daniels. The junior tossed a no-hitter and only walked two batters over his seven innings of work. Daniels struck out seven Pioneer hitters, and the defense made great plays behind him.
The offense was consistent for Southern Virginia, producing two runs in the second inning, two in the fourth, and three more in the sixth. Ryan Morin homered in the second frame, launching a two-run shot over the center field wall. The shortstop would also hit an RBI double later in the game.
Bridger Taylor had a great game as well, hitting a solo homer in the second as well as an RBI triple in the fourth. Taylor would finish with three hits, three runs, and two RBIs, helping the Knights to the 7-0 win.
Southern Virginia also got off to a hot start in game two, posting six runs in the opening frame and two more in the second. Both Daniels and Taylor hit three-run home runs in the first with CAC Player of the Week Canon Anderson blasting a two-run shot in the second.
The Pioneers (1-5) were able to hold the Knights scoreless for three innings as they chipped away at the lead, pulling to within 8-5 in the fourth frame. Alfred State was in position to do some damage in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded and only one out, but senior Mike Stirling came on in relief and influenced a ground ball for an inning-ending double play.
The Knights weren't finished as they tacked on three important insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth off of an Anderson double and a Morin single. Alfred State responded in the seventh with two runs on their own, but Stirling was able to close out the game for the 11-7 victory.
Jonny Soto started on the mound and picked up the win, giving up four earned runs over three and one-third innings.
Southern Virginia continues its season on Tuesday as they make the short trip south to Roanoke College to take on the Maroons. First pitch will be at 7:00 p.m. in Salem, Virginia.