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Knights Hold On for 6-4 Win Over Mesa


The Knights (5-10, 3-3 PCAC) got back to .500 in conference after hanging on for a 6-4 home win over Mesa on Saturday. The winning run was scored on Geordy Smith's 2-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

SDCC broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning when a wild pitch allowed Raymond Jones to score from third base. James McKenrick later drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Jp Rios and gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Jones hit a double down the right field line, stole third base, and then came home again on a wild pitch.

Mesa got on the board in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Zachary Taylor, but the Knights responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jones led the inning off with a triple and then scored for the third time on Smith's line-drive home run over the left field fence that put the Knights ahead, 5-1. It was Smith's first homer of the season and the Knights' second. Jones is the only other Knight that has hit one.

The Olympians got back into it with three runs in the seventh inning, but it could have been worse for the Knights. Reliever Erik Tec loaded the bases with two out, but put an end to the inning by getting Mesa's Kyle Harris to ground out.

The Knights added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on Rios' RBI-double that scored Eric Kliebenstein.

Tec earned his second save of the season after retiring the side in the top of the ninth. He pitched the last three innings and allowed two hits and two walks with one strikeout. 

Staring pitcher Kyle Peeler (2-2) earned his second win after giving up two earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work.