March 1, 2012

CNU Pulls Away Late, Downs Tigers 6-1

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team held a 1-1 tie with fourth-ranked Christopher Newport until the Captains reeled off five runs in the eighth and ninth to take a 6-1 victory at Ty Cobb Ballpark. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 4-7, and the Captains improve to 6-2 overall.

After Christopher Newport took a 1-0 lead scoring in the first inning, the Tigers were able to knot the game at 1-1 in the second. Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) recorded the Tigers' first hit of the day and later scored on a Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) RBI single.

Over the next five innings, both pitching staffs would shine as neither team scored and combined for just five hits.

The Captains, however, used an RBI double from Steven Lindemuth and a solo homerun from Luke Saunders to take a 3-1 lead. Then in the top of the ninth, a Hampden-Sydney error allowed the bases to clear and the Captains to take a 6-1 lead.

The Tigers were able to put two base runners on first and second, but could not come back.

Dalton Renick (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Kyle McKay (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) combined to pitch five scoreless innings, and Adam Netherland (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning.

Christopher Newport's Richard Lindsay took home the victory.

Offensively, Lewis and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) both went 2-for-4 from the plate.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action as it opens up ODAC play in Virginia Beach this weekend. The Tigers will sqaure off with the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, March 3. First pitch is set for 12:00 pm.