April 21, 2011

Tigers Advance with 8-2 Victory

LYNCHBURG, VA-After falling 8-3 in day one of the ODAC Tournament, the sixth seeded Hampden-Sydney Tigers bounced back with an 8-2 win over fifth seeded Guilford College. The loss is the Quakers' second and eliminates them from the Tournament. Hampden-Sydney, which improves to 20-20, will play tomorrow at 3:00 pm. Their opponent could be third seeded Washington & Lee, second seeded Lynchburg or fourth seeded Randolph-Macon.

Guilford was the first to score, taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Hampden-Sydney was able to tie the game in the second, as Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) scored on a Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) RBI double.

The Tigers exploded for a big six hit, five run third inning. Chris Martin (Chesterfield, VA/Manchester) led off the inning with a single, and after Justin Hebert (Richmond, VA/Hermitage) was walked, Zach Harrelson (Danville, VA/George Washington) singled to left field to score Martin. Hebert then scored on a wild pitch to take the 3-1 lead.

After Herrmann was walked, and Flinchum and Kuhns hit back-to-back singles, freshman Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. A Lewis RBI single scored Herrmann and kept the bases loaded. Flinchum then scored on an error to put the Tigers up 5-1. Senior Herbie Williams (Danville, VA/George Washington) batted in the fifth and final run of the inning as he scored Kuhns.

In the fifth inning, Flinchum reached base safely for the fourth straight time after he was hit as the lead off batter. Kuhns followed him with an RBI double to give the Tigers a 7-1 cushion.

Guilford looked like it would rally in the bottom of the sixth, as back-to-back singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. The Quakers scored one, but Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) got out of the inning with just one run scored against him.

The Tigers tacked on one more run in the eighth as Lewis batted in Zeb Cope (Advance, NC/Davie County) for his second RBI of the day.  

Meanwhile, Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) and Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) pitched the final three innings without allowing a hit. Starter Dan Nicoll recorded the win after pitching six full innings and allowing two runs, one earned on four hits.

On the day, Flinchum was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs. Kuhns and Lewis each recorded four hits and two RBI. Kuhns also scored a run.

Hampden-Sydney will play at 3:00 PM on Friday, and will await to find out its opponent. For all of the news on the ODAC Tournament, click here.