FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University baseball team split a doubleheader with Mary Washington on Saturday, winning the first game 5-4 and dropping the second game 15-5. The win in game one was the first conference win of the season for Southern Virginia.
The Knights (9-6, 1-4 CAC) got on the scoreboard first in the third inning thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Mitch Tyse. After the Eagles (5-9, 1-4 CAC) scored three runs in the fifth, Canon Anderson singled down the left field line in the sixth inning to score two runners, tying the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mary Washington pushed another run across to take a 4-3 lead. The Knights scored the tying and winning runs in the eighth, one off of an error and the other on a balk. They eventually closed out the 5-4 win.
Seven different Knights recorded a hit in the game, with Anderson leading the way with three hits and two RBIs.
Jonny Soto started the game on the mound and pitched four and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out three. Austin Forsyth threw two scoreless innings two get the win, and Matt Roll pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
In game two, Southern Virginia got off to a hot start by scoring five runs in the first three innings. Ryan Morin hit an RBI groundout in the second, Soto scored on an error in the third, and Morin came up big again in the third by blasting a three-run home run to left field. He would finish the game with four RBIs.
The Knights were unable to score after the third, however, and the Eagles consistently scored throughout the game to rack up 15 runs for the win.
Mike Stirling started and picked up the loss, lasting three innings and giving up three earned runs. Five other relievers were used to finish the game.
Southern Virginia continues its season on Wednesday as they take on Ferrum College. The game is slated for 6 p.m. in Ferrum, Virginia.