SALISBURY, Md. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team fell in both games at the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament with a 13-5 loss to Penn State.-Harrisburg and a 6-2 defeat to Salisbury.
The Knights (15-18) started the game with an early 2-0 lead after Cole Critchfield launched a two-run homer to right center field in the top of the first inning.
The Lions (28-11-1) responded with a two-run shot of their own in the bottom of the first, tying the game 2-2.
After a Knights' scoreless second inning, the Lions pushed ahead for their first lead of the game scoring three runs for a 5-2 lead.
In the third inning, Knights catcher Hunter Blunt singled to right field scoring a run, pulling them to within two.
The Lions then went on an 8-0 run over the next five innings, building a large 13-3 lead.
Southern Virginia added two runs in the final inning of play with Jordan Nase and Ryan Morin each recording an RBI but the Lions managed to kill the rally getting Brady Lamb to ground out to the shortstop for the final out, earning the 13-5 victory.
The Knights outhit the Lions 14 to 11, but four errors and leaving 15 runners on base caused their own demise.
Critchfield and Mitch Tyse led the Knights' offense with three hits each.
In game two, the Sea Gulls (33-6-1) scored first in the top of the second inning to claim a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Lamb singled to left scoring a run tying the game at 1-1.
After the Sea Gulls scored five more runs, the Knights (15-19) trailed 6-1 until Caleb Layden hit a ground ball to second base that scored Tyse cutting the Southern Virginia deficit to four.
The Knights trailed 6-2 with heading into their final at-bats when the Sea Gulls collected three quick outs on a strikeout followed by a pair of groundouts, giving the Sea Gulls the 6-2 win.
Seven different Southern Virginia players recorded a hit with Lamb leading the team with two.
The Knights wrap up their season with one game remaining Monday, May 6 against the Apprentice School starting at 3:00 p.m.