HARRISONBURG, Va. – Playing in its first game in almost two weeks, the Southern Virginia University baseball team dropped a nonconference matchup with Eastern Mennonite by a score of 16-12.
The Knights (2-2) were up 12-9 going into the bottom of the seventh, but they were unable to stop a seven-run rally by the Royals (4-4-1). After the bottom half of the inning was completed, the game was called due to darkness.
Outfielder Canon Anderson opened up the game's scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning, and he also hit a double and walked twice for the game. Junior Cole Critchfield hit a three-run home run of his own in the fourth and finished the game with four RBIs.
Not to be outdone, designated hitter Mitch Tyse blasted a two-run shot in the fifth inning and drove in another with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Knights scored two more runs in the seventh to round out the team's scoring.
Southern Virginia used six pitchers to get through the game, with Riley Daniels starting on the hill and tossing one and two-thirds innings, while Austin Forsyth picked up the loss. Despite the Royals scoring 16 runs in the game, only three of them were earned.
The defense was sloppy on both sides with each team committing five errors.
The Knights' season continues on Saturday as they travel south to take on Guilford College in a double-header. The first pitch is at 12 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina.