By Sam Armstrong
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Southern Virginia University baseball team split a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader with St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday, winning the first game 13-11 and falling in the second 17-12.
Five seniors were recognized for the Knights (12-27, 4-14 CAC) before the start of the first game against the Seahawks (9-20, 3-15 CAC).
The Knights took control early in game one with a four-run first inning, thanks to a Cole Critchfield single that brought in a run, and then a three-run home run in the next at bat from senior Zach McNally.
After being held scoreless for five innings, Southern Virginia would score nine more runs over the seventh and eighth innings to round out their scoring for the game. Senior Jordan Keefer had a game to remember, blasting back-to-back three-run homers in the seventh and eighth innings, matching his career high of six RBIs.
Down 13-5 heading into the top of the ninth, the Seahawks fought hard, scoring six runs in the frame to bring the game to 13-11. Senior Justin King was able to stop the bleeding and get the final outs of the game.
Seth Burris was fantastic on the mound, giving up only three runs on six hits in six solid innings. Jonathan Hodges had two and a third innings of work for the Knights, earning his second win of the year.
Game two was another high scoring affair, thanks in part to both teams combining for 14 errors. It was a back-and-forth contest that the Seahawks took control of in the seventh inning, when they scored eight runs to lead them to a 17-12 win.
Six Knights had multi-hit games, including four hits and three RBI's from outfielder Ryan Saunders, while senior Justin King had three hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning. Fellow seniors Zach McNally and Josh Hilburn each tacked on two hits and an RBI of their own.
Taylor Peterson was the starting pitcher for Southern Virginia, lasting five and one-third innings and giving up only three earned runs. Senior Crosby Jensen mad e a relief appearance in the game, and sophomore Mike Stirling had a solid relief outing, pitching two and one-third solid innings.
Southern Viriginia takes the field for the last time this season on Monday, as they travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on Eastern Mennonite. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.