LAURINBURG, N.C. – St. Andrews (N.C.) scored a run in the first inning and that’s all it would take as the University of Pikeville baseball team was shutout in its season opener on Saturday.
The Knights added another run in the fifth inning to earn the 2-0 win as UPIKE’s Zak Sutherland was handed the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks in five innings. Sutherland struck out six Knight batters.
Joe McCarty impressed for St. Andrews (1-0), going the distance for the win while scattering three hits with five strikeouts.
Left fielder Zack Nothwehr, third baseman Erik Manning and right fielder Corey Adams picked up the Bears’ three hits, while catcher Cody Chagnon drew a walk.
St. Andrews was led by first baseman Daniel Whitecavage, tallying two hits and scoring a run, while third baseman Michael Luing also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Center fielder Tyler Radcliff got St. Andrews going in the first with a leadoff single and promptly reached second on a sacrifice bunt. Left fielder Michael Durig hit a one-out single to bring him home for the game-winning run.
Whitecavage singled to left field in the fifth inning and ended up making it home on a ground out combined with a UPIKE error.
Pikeville got off to a hot start in game two as Nothwehr singled, stole second and then scored on a sacrifice fly to take an early 1-0 lead. Rain started to fall in the bottom half of the first inning, forcing the game to be postponed to Sunday.
Play is scheduled to pick up at 11 a.m. ET with the Knights batting in the first. A second, seven-inning game will follow.