By Sam Armstrong
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Southern Virginia baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against the Lions of Penn State-Harrisburg.
The Lions' (9-15, 5-5 CAC) offense was on fire, amassing 38 hits for the day to win both games by scores of 13-9 and 29-8, respectively.
The Knights (8-22, 2-10 CAC) started game one with a four-run first inning, including a double with the bases loaded from shortstop Ryan Morin that drove in all 3 runners. Two inning later, senior Josh Hilburn smacked a three-run double of his own, helping the Knights regain the lead at 7-6.
After solid pitching in the middle innings from both teams, the Lions blasted a two-run homerun in the eighth inning to break the 8-8 tie, and would tack on three more runs in the ninth to seal the win. Seth Burris started on the mound for Southern Virginia, giving up four earned runs over five and two-thirds innings, while senior Justin King took the loss.
In game two, the Lions picked up where they left off in the previous game, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings and cruising their way to the win. The Lions had nine extra-base hits for the game, highlighted by six home runs.
The Knights again had a big first inning, plating four due a Zach McNally grand slam, the first home run of his career. Ryan Morin continued his success at the plate with three hits for the game, including a two-run double down the right field line in the seventh. The sophomore now has ten hits in his last 15 at bats.
Southern Virginia looks to get back in the win column on Tuesday as they take on Washington and Lee. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.