RALEIGH — Surry’s baseball team got solid pitching efforts from Caleb Whitaker and Jordan Miller over the weekend as the Knights took two of three games from Wake Technical Community College in a Region X series in Raleigh.
Surry improved to 8-5 overall with the win.
Whitaker, a sophomore left-hander from North Surry, struck out seven in four innings of relief in Game 2 on Saturday as the Knights won 6-5 in 10 innings.
“He gave us a boost,” Surry coach Jamie Lowe said. “He’s got a change-up. He’ll pull a string on somebody. He made some really good hitters look bad.”
Tanner Lomax was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI; Keon Holt was 2-for-4 with a run; Tre’ Young was 2-for-5 with a double, run and RBI; and Scott Hollman was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Knights.
On Sunday, Surry captured an 8-5 win to clinch the series.
In his first action this season coming back from an injury, Jordan Miller started and pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed no runs with two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Lowe said he’d like to try and use Miller for three or four innings of work his next game.
“We are being cautious. He looked good this weekend,” Lowe said. “He seems to be right on schedule.”
Jamison Nagle was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs and Connor Bodenhamer tripled with an RBI. Surry had 10 hits and rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh and three more runs in the eighth inning.
In Game 1 on Saturday, the Knights fell 7-6 in 11 innings. Tanner Lomax was 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and Robbie Harrison was 2-for-5 with a triple, a run and two RBIs to lead Surry, which had 13 hits in the game.
Wake Tech fell to 2-13 overall.
“We did what we set out to do. We’ve gone on the road and played some pretty good baseball,” Lowe said. “It was a good weekend. Tre’ Young had a big weekend. I think he had three or four doubles on the weekend. Connor Bodenhamer hit it again. Jamison Nagle, a freshman, he had a big weekend for us.”
Surry is currently ranked No. 17 in the NJCAA polls. The Region X has three others ranked in the top 20 — Catawba Valley Community College (fifth), Patrick Henry Community College (seventh), and Southeastern Community College (ninth).
The Knights are scheduled to travel to Danville Community College for another three-game Region X series on Saturday and Sunday.