HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Southern Virginia used two runs in the third and seventh innings with a solo run in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead over the Tigers after six and a half innings. The Tigers mounted a come back in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as the Knights claimed a 7-3 victory. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 3-3 overall. Southern Virginia, which won the opening game of the Ty Cobb Classic 7-4 over Keystone, improves to 2-1.
Down 5-0, Hampden-Sydney had a big seventh inning with three runs. With two outs, Colby Carter (Manakin Sabot, VA/Goochland) started a run with a single. After Brian Collins (Montpelier, VA/Patrick Henry) was walked, Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) extended his hitting streak to six straight games with an RBI single.
Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) then put the Tigers within two after his two RBI double scored Collins and Herrmann.
The three run rally was not enough, however, as Southern Virginia tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth.
Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings.
Offensively, Herrmann led the way batting 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI, while six other Tigers recorded a hit, including a 1-for-1 day with a double, walk, and two RBI from Brownell.
The Knights were led offensively by Trager Hintze's four hits, two RBI and one run.
Tyler King got the win while pitching 6.2 innings with six hits and three runs against him.
Hampden-Sydney will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Febraury 18, as it will face the Giants of Keystone College at 11:00 AM in day two of the Classic. In the 3:00 pm game, Southern Virginia will face Stevenson University.