Knights knock off ranked Spartanburg Methodist

Brad Miller tossed a three-hit shutout Saturday as Surry Community College got its first baseball win of the season, 2-0 at nationally-ranked Spartanburg Methodist College.

Cody Nipper doubled and went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Knights, while Tanner Lomax went 2-for-4 and Dalton Boles had a hit, scored a run and contributed a sacrifice.

It was a big win for Surry (1-7), who dropped the first game of the doubleheader 10-2 at Spartanburg.

“Brad gave us an exceptional pitching performance, scattering three hits in a complete-game shutout. Our team came together and played well behind him,” Surry head coach Jamie Lowe said. “It was a great game to be a part of and a special performance against a nationally-ranked Spartanburg Methodist team. And to play them on the road after a three-hour drive makes it that much tougher. I’m proud of the way they played together today.”

Jamison Nagle went 2-for-3 to lead SCC in the Game 1 loss, while Boles was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and A.J. Canine had a hit and an RBI.

The Knights suffered a pair of tough one-run losses Sunday at Guilford Tech. Surry took a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning in the opening game, but Guilford Tech scored twice in the bottom half of the frame to send it into extra innings before winning 7-6 in nine innings.

Starter Corbin Easter allowed just one run in five innings of work for the Knights. Ben Temple had a huge game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, 3 RBIs and two runs. Tyler Stotler and Nagle both had two hits and an RBI, while Tanner Lomax had a hit and scored three runs in the loss.

In Game 2, the Knights rallied for a run in the seventh before falling 2-1. Travis Tuttle allowed just four hits and two runs in a complete-game effort for Surry. Nipper doubled and went 1-for-2, while Colton Narron drove in Surry’s lone run. Payden Simmons of North Surry had a hit and scored SCC’s run.

“Two hard fought games today against another Division 1 opponent. We played better and made improvements from last weekend, but still didn’t make enough plays to win against a quality GTCC team,” Lowe said. “Give them credit, they got the key hits in the key situations. I’m proud of how our team fought hard all day.”

The Knights will be back in action Weds., Feb. 11 in a doubleheader at Ferrum (JV team).


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