GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Southern Virginia Knights banged out 27 hits and
received two complete games from their pitchers in earning a double header
sweep over the Guilford College Quakers Saturday afternoon at McBane Field.
Errors did in the Quakers in the opener, as seven of the first eight runs
scored by the Knights were unearned. After Derek Hardisonâ€™s sacrifice fly in
the first inning gave Guilford a 1-0 lead, Southern Virginia scored the next
11 runs, with four in the third inning, three in the fourth and four more in
the fifth en route to a 14-4 win.
A two-run homer in the fourth inning by Jake Johnson chased Guilford starter
Sammy Stuart. Alex Pecevich ended the Southern Virginia rally in the fourth
inning, but was unable to escape the next frame, as his error led to four
more runs, two of which were unearned.
Kyle Wooden led the Quakers on offense with a double and a run scored in the
sixth inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He also reached base via a
hit by pitch and finished the game 1-2.
Freshman Britt Dalton picked up the win for the Knights. He scattered eight
hits, walked one and fanned three in the complete-game win.
It looked like the Quakers were going to earn a split in the nightcap. Jordan
Slate scored two runs and helped stake starter Borja Jones-Berasaluce to a
4-1 lead after five innings. But the Knights bunched together three hits
and a run in the top of the sixth and coach Nick Black went to the bullpen
with two outs and two runners on.
Micah Denny came on and hit the first batter he faced to load the bases and
then surrendered a three-run triple to eighth-place hitter Mitch Stevenson.
In all Southern Virginia sent 11 men to the plate and tallied seven runs in
the inning and went on to a 9-4 win.
After giving up three runs in the first three innings, Knights starter Jake
Johnson settled down to allow just one more run over the final four. He
allowed 11 hits but gave up just four runs as the Quakers left runners on
base in six of the seven innings, stranding 10 baserunners in all.
Four players recorded two hits apiece for the Quakers. Ben Esser and Travis
Starbuck each had two hits and an RBI, to join Wooden and Slate as hitting
stars for Guilford.
The Quakers return to action Sunday(TODAY) when they take on Averett.
Guilford College Athletics