Penn State Harrisburg 11, Southern Virginia 9
1. Torres 2b, 2. McSorley ss, 3. Williams lf, 4. Van Houten dh, 5. Winters rf, 6. Smith cf, 7. Koroneos 1b, 8. Kell c, 9. Struve 3b, Gettys p
1. Morin ss, 2. Daniels 2b, 3. Critchfield 1b, 4. Taylor 3b, 5. Anderson cf, 6. Roll rf, 7. Lara dh, 8. Blunt c, 9. Boyce lf, Newbold p
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg completed the season sweep of Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) foe Southern Virginia with an 11-9 victory in Buena Vista, Va. on Wednesday afternoon, April 17.
Miguel Torres racked up a game-high four hits and three runs scored, while Ryan McSorley and Travis Van Houten each hit timely home runs. Zach Gettys got the start on the bump for the Lions (23-8-1, 10-5 CAC), Brendan Riotto earned the win and Van Houten clinched the save.
After his team fell behind 1-0 in the early going, Bret Williams tied the game with an RBI double that plated Torres in top of the third inning. The visitors again fell behind when the Knights (13-9, 4-6 CAC) used a two-run home run to pull ahead 3-1 but the top of the fourth saw the Blue & White take their first lead thanks to Tyler Aug's RBI double and RBI singles from Torres and McSorley.
With the game tied 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Williams drove in another run with a single before Van Houten's sacrifice fly to center field allowed Aug to tag up and score. McSorley gave the Lions some breathing room thanks to a three-run home run in the top of the seventh but SVU showed fight by scoring five runs in the bottom of the frame to draw even at 9-9.
Van Houten led off the eighth inning by homering to put Penn State Harrisburg back out in front before the Lions added an insurance run thanks to a Southern Virginia error in the top of the ninth.
At the Plate
- Miguel Torres was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
- Tyler Aug went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
- Ryan McSorley drove in a game-best four runs.
- Bret Williams finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
- Travis Van Houten hit a solo home run and tallied a pair of RBIs.
On the Mound
- Brendan Riotto earned his second win in as many outings, throwing one innings and allowing no runs.
- Travis Van Houten picked up his first save of the year by throwing the game's final 1.1 innings without giving up a run or a hit.
- Zach Gettys got the start for the Lions, surrendering one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work.
- The Blue & White chased SVU starter Jason Newbold from the game after four innings. He gave up two earned runs on six hits and four walks.
Around the Diamond
- The victory was Penn State Harrisburg's third over the Knights this spring.
- Jackson Struve stole the only base for the Lions.
- The teams combined for six errors, leading to five unearned runs.
- Chase Smith had five putouts in center field.
The Lions face a tough test when they host No. 2 Christopher Newport for a three-game CAC series this weekend.