LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University baseball team swept the University of Pikeville in its home opener Saturday afternoon.
The Knights stormed back from a six-run deficit in the first game to win 8-7, then dispatched the Bears 4-1 in the game two.
In the opening contest, the Bears drew first blood with four runs in the third inning to take the early lead. After the Knights got on the board with a score in the fifth inning, Pikeville widened the gap with a trio of runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Trailing 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth, St. Andrews (2-1) rallied with six straight runs to tie the game. Senior catcher Matt Malik started the frame off with a double, then senior right fielder Jeremy McDowell added a single. Junior third baseman Justin Williams stepped up to the plate and cracked a double to plate freshman Casey Smith, who entered the game as a pinch runner for Malik. Junior first baseman Trey Byrd followed with a walk to loaded the bases.
Designated hitter Ryne Dickens, a sophomore, then drilled a single to bring McDowell home. Junior left fielder Terrence Jackson proceeded to ground out to first, but he advanced the runners which allowed Williams to reach home plate. Senior centerfielder Tyler Radcliff was hit by a pitch to load up the bases once more.
Senior second baseman Mikey Morgan followed with a clutch single to left field, plating Byrd and Dickens. St. Andrews was able to knot the contest at 7-all after Radcliff scored on a passed ball.
After holding the Bears scoreless in the top of the seventh, McDowell opened the bottom of the frame with a walk. He stole second base, then scored the game-winning run after Dickens brought him home with a hit.
Junior Justin Williams led the Knights going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Malik was two for three with a double, and Dickens had three hits and three RBIs. St. Andrews tallied 11 hits compared to Pikeville’s six.
Starting pitcher Travis Dohr, a junior, pitched five innings and allowed four hits and four runs.
Pikeville (0-2) was paced by Anthony Roberts, who notched two RBIs and one hit while scoring a run.
In the second game of the doubleheader, it was the Knights that jumped out ahead in the first inning as Rosado and McDowell tallied a pair of RBIs while Malik reached home on a passed ball.
Pikeville got on the board in the top of second with an RBI from Travis Haem, but St. Andrews answered with a score of its own in the bottom of the frame as McDowell plated a runner. The contest was eventually called after the sixth inning due to darkness, preserving the St. Andrews victory.
St. Andrews had five hits for the game while Pikeville notched four.
Junior pitcher Michael Coombs started for the Knights, allowing one run and four hits in three innings of work. Sophomore Landon Kincaid earned the save after taking over in the fourth inning, shutting out the Bears the rest of the way.
St. Andrews returns to the diamond Wednesday when it hosts Pfeiffer University at 2 p.m.