BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team recently ended its 2019 season with a 15-19 overall record, 6-14 in Capital Athletic Conference record and posted a .500 record at home going 4-4.
"I was disappointed finishing under .500, but there were many positive accomplishments," said Head Coach Jerry Schlegelmilch. "Our offense was outstanding (.293 team average) and the defense was solid. Our pitching struggled some, but had many great individual performances. We made the playoffs in a conference with three nationally ranked teams and showed that we could play with anyone. The best thing is that we are losing only two starters and should have an outstanding team for the 2020 season."
The Knights opened the season on a high-note sweeping Penn St.-Mont Alto in a pair of games winning game one 10-4 and game two 17-3. Southern Virginia then dropped back-to-back games on the road against Washington and Lee and Eastern Mennonite.
Southern Virginia recorded their longest win streak of the season at six with wins over Guilford, Washington and Lee, Alfred State and Roanoke. The Knights picked up conference wins over Mary Washington, St. Mary's (Md.), and Frostburg State.
Sophomore centerfielder Canon Anderson was named to the All-CAC Second Team after a team-high 45 hits, 13 doubles and six triples while posting a .441 on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .661. He finished the season at the plate hitting a career-high .363 with 31 RBIs. He finished third on the team in home runs with four and was CAC Player of the Week for March 4, 2019.
Bridger Taylor led the Knights at the plate with a .364 batting average, and recorded a new program record with 45 RBIs while also tying the program's Division III record with eight home runs. He tied for second on the team with 44 hits, eight doubles and a .645 slugging percentage.
Junior Cole Critchfield led the team in runs (40), stolen bases (10) and walks (18). He finished the season second on the team with 44 hits, five home runs and 32 RBIs. He anchored the Knights' infield with a .986 fielding percentage and a total of 268 putouts.
Shortstop Ryan Morin produced a career-season tallying 42 hits, eight doubles, three triples, 32 RBIs, four home runs while registering a .311 batting average.
The Knights pitched by committee with a large number of players seeing action on the mound.
One of the highlights of the season came early in March against Alfred State when Riley Daniels tossed a no-hitter, becoming the first in program history, throwing seven innings and collecting six strikeouts.
Jonny Soto led the Knights with a 3-3 record, 56.2 innings pitched and 35 strikeouts. Mike Stirling went 3-4 on the season, picking up 17 strikeouts and a save. Matt Roll anchored the Knights bullpen with a 3.71 ERA, 20 strikeouts, a 2-3 record and a team-high four saves. Marshall Davis and Jaxon Newbold each went 2-1 on the season and combined for 38 strikeouts.
Southern Virginia's core returns in both at the plate and on the mound and will look to improve in the 2020 season and perform well in CAC play.