February 25, 2012

Walkoff Double in the 10th Lifts Tigers to 14-13 Win

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-In a back-and-forth offensive battle, Hampden-Sydney prevailed 14-13 in ten innings over the Greyhounds of Moravian College in the second day of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The game was the first of the tournament for the Tigers as their day one match up was cancelled. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 4-4 on the season.

The two teams each recorded 17 hits in the game that saw five lead changes and at least one run in eight of the ten innings.

With the game knotted at 1-1 after the first inning, Hampden-Sydney took a 4-1 lead in the second with Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) batting in two runs and Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) batting in a third.

The lead was short lived, however, as the Greyhounds knocked in four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-4 lead. They then tacked on two more in the fourth to extend their margin to 7-4.

The Tigers fired back in the bottom half of the inning as Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex) scored on Herrmann's second RBI of the day. Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) then batted in Kuhns, and Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) scored Herrmann to tie the game at 7-7.

Moravian then reclaimed its lead with two runs in the sixth, but another three runs in the bottom of the inning with Flinchum batting in a run and Colby Carter (Manakin Sabot, VA/Goochland) knocking in two put the lead back in the hands of the Tigers.

The 10-9 advantage was taken away in the top of the seventh with the Greyhounds again adding three runs to take a 12-10 lead. The Tigers then returned the favor, yet again, with Herrmann, Kuhns, and Gray all scoring to put Hampden-Sydney up 13-12. Herrmann knocked in a run with a triple while Gray and Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) each recorded RBI singles.

Moravian batteded in one run in the top of the eighth, and with neither team able to score in the ninth, the game went to extras.

With Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) shutting down the Greyhound offense in the tenth, the Tigers capitalized. After Lewis reached on an error, Carter provided the walkoff double to seal the victory.

Whitaker picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits in four innings of work. He also struck out four batters. Kyle Longernecker was the losing pitcher, allowing just one run in 2.1 innings while striking out four. 

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Kuhns, Herrmann, and Gray who each recorded three hits while combining for six runs and eight RBI. Wind, Lewis, and Carter each had two hits while Carter batted in three runs.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action tomorrow, February 26, as it faces Franklin and Marshall on the final day of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm. The 11:00 am game tomorrow will be between Franklin and Marshall and Moravian.