Pembroke, NC –The St. Andrews University baseball team traveled to UNC Pembroke today to play a single game and painfully lost to local rival, the UNC-Pembroke Braves, making their record 10-5.
The Knights had a hopeful beginning after junior pitcher Max Everingham threw a scoreless first inning setting up the Knights offense to take the lead. In the 2nd inning, sophomore LF Michael Durig hit a stunning home run, his 5th, out of the park giving the Knights their first hit and run of the game. The next batter, sophomore DH Matthew Beauchemin, got the second hit for the Knights with a double down the left field line. After 3B Michael Luing and catcher Matt Malik were walked, Beauchemin scored on RF Jeremy McDowell's RBI. SS Mikey Morgan got on base with a fielder's choice while bringing in Luing, making the score 3-0 for the Knights.
Unfortunately the Knights soon lost their lead after the Braves offense immediately retaliated the Knights effort, getting 3 hits, 3 stolen bases, and 3 runs off of Everingham, tying the game at 3 in the bottom of the second.
The Knights fought hard to come back, however, Braves pitcher Logan Cook shutout the Knights for the next two innings while the Braves continued to score with a run in the 3rd inning and 3 runs in the 4th.
Scoring the Knights final run was 2B Tyler Jordan after reaching base on a fielding error. Beauchemin then singled, bringing Jordan home. Beauchemin, with his 2 hit game, extended his hitting streak to 9 games and now leads the team with a .419average.
The Braves scored their last run in the 6th inning making the final score 8-4. With only 2 errors the entire game, the Knights put up a good fight but it just wasn't enough to bring down the Braves, a formerly ranked NCAA Div. 2 opponent and the toughest team SAU will face all year.
Leading the Knights offense with 3 hits was CF Ryan Harrold and Beachemin with 2 hits. Harrold has now hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games as well bringing his average up to .393.
This weekend SAU (10-5) will take on conference rival Union College (7-6) in Barbourville, KY in a 3-game series starting with a DH on Saturday at 1pm.