Knights drop opening doubleheader

Surry Community College dropped its season-opening baseball doubleheader Saturday at USC-Lancaster 8-0 and 3-2. The Knights were limited to four hits in the opener and USC-Lancaster scored three unearned runs off three Surry (0-2) errors in the opening game, an 8-0 loss. Tanner Lomax, Cody Nipper, Ben Temple and Jamison Nagle all went 1-for-3 to lead SCC at the plate. Corbin Easter took the loss, giving up four hits and four runs, two of which were unearned, in three innings of work, with two walks and two strikeouts.

“Give Lancaster credit. They put it in play and we didn’t field it,” Surry head coach Jamie Lowe said. “We had three errors and gave up three unearned runs.”

Lowe said the Knights played much better in Game 2, a 3-2 loss, but a misplayed ball in the outfield cost Surry two runs, and a missed opportunity on a squeeze bunt prevented the Knights from scoring the potential tying run.

Travis Tuttle was outstanding in three innings of work for SCC, striking out six of the 12 batters he faced and giving up no hits and two walks in three innings of work. Eric Sonafrank came on in relief and gave up three runs, two unearned, to pick up the tough-luck loss.

Brad Miller hit a solo home run for Surry in the sixth inning. The Knights added a run in the seventh as Colton Narron led off with a single, took third on a Dylan Dessecker single, and later scored on a passed ball to pull SCC to within 3-2. A squeeze bunt to bring Dessecker home for the tying run failed though, due to a missed sign, causing Dessecker to be picked off at third.

“I take the blame for that. I asked them to run a squeeze play, something we had only worked on a couple of times in practice and it didn’t work,” Lowe said. “It was my fault. We hadn’t practiced it enough to be good at it yet so I take the responsibility for that not working. It was my fault as a coach we weren’t ready to play and I will do a better job next week of getting them ready.”

Dessecker went 2-for-2 to lead the Knights, while Miller and Narron both were 1-for3 with a run each.

Surry will be back in action Sunday for another doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at USC-Lancaster.

“We got rid of the jitters, settled down and played better in the second game. We didn’t get the win, but we played better and the wins will come hopefully,” Lowe said. “We showed glimpses in the second game of being a better team.”

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