February 28, 2012

Baseball Weekly Preview (2/27-3/4)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball Tigers will play four games this week with USA South match ups against Greensboro and Christopher Newport and the 2012 ODAC opener against Virginia Wesleyan in a Saturday double header. The Tigers will travel to Greensboro on Tuesday, February 28 for a 6:00 pm match up, host Christopher Newport on Thursday, and travel to the beach for a Saturday double header against the Marlins. To preview each contest before first pitch is thrown, check out the Hampden-Sydney baseball game notes by clicking here.

Tuesday at Greensboro: The Pride, picked to finish seventh in the highly competitive USA South, currently stand at 6-3 overall and 2-0 in conference with an early season sweep over Methodist. Greensboro is currently on a two-game win streak after a 6-4 loss to Maine-presque Isle snapped a four-game win streak. Freshman James Feldman, the reigning USA South Rookie of the Week, has the hot bat hitting .414 with 12 hits in 29 at bats. On the bump, the Pride are led by 2011 All-USA South honoree Jacob Candle and David Schilling's combined 4-0 record while the team staff boasts a 2.99 ERA.

Thursday vs. Christopher Newport: The defending USA South champions and top preseason pick have bested the Tigers this season with a 17-2 decision in Newport News. The Captains, ranked fourth nationally, stand at 5-2 overall having lost their last two outings to #24 Piedmont (3-2) and #26 Adrian (3-1). Connor Madden is leading the offensive attack that averages almost nine runs-per-game with a .469 batting average, ten runs, and 13 RBI. The Captains' pitchers have a 3.05 ERA with starter Greg Goldsmith posting a 0.75 ERA with 15 strikeouts in his two appearances.

Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan: The Tigers will hit the road this weekend to open up conference play with a double header against Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins currently stand at 1-5 with a four game losing streak. The Marlins' win came 4-2 over Averett on February 21, and they will face Methodist on the road on Wednesday before hosting Hampden-Sydney. As a team, the Marlins have a .287 batting average while their team ERA is 10.32.