Tigers Split ODAC Opener with Guilford

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball Tigers opened up their conference schedule with a 4-1 win over Guilford but could not sweep the Quakers falling 13-1 in the second game of the day. The Tigers now stand at 5-9 overall and 1-1 in ODAC play, while the Quakers are 10-8 and 2-2 in the ODAC.

In the first game, junior pitcher Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) pitched six innings while allowing just one run on eight hits and picked up the win. Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) then gave up just three hits in the final three innings to record the save.

Guilford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Tigers fired back to tie the game in the fourth as Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) scored on a Colby Carter (Manakin Sabot, VA/Goochland) RBI.

The Tigers then took their first lead in the fifth as Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) scored on a throwing error to claim a 2-1 lead.

After two scoreless innings, Hampden-Sydney added to its lead with two runs in the eighth. Tucker led off with a single and later scored on a Kuhns RBI single. Kuhns' RBI knock was followed up by a Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI single that scored Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex).

Gray and Tucker were red hot from the plate, batting 4-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively. Gray also batted in a run while Tucker scored two. Kuhns and Flinchum each recorded two hits.

Guilford's Will James recorded the loss after allowing two runs, only one earned, on 11 hits in six innings of work.

In the second game, Guilford again struck first scoring the first three runs of the game in the first two innings. The Tigers were able to cut into the lead, however, in the fourth with Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) batting in Kuhns to make it 3-1 after four.

The Quakers then responded with two runs of their own, capitalizing on a wild pitch and later a passed ball with runners on third.

A two-run homer from John Macon Smith in the sixth then made it 7-1 in favor of Guilford. Smith then followed that up by clearing the bases with a single to give the Quakers a 10-1 cushion in the seventh.

Three more runs for Guilford provided the final 13-1 margin.

Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits in 4.1 innings.

Borja Jones-Berasaluce was the winning pitcher going the distance while allowing just one run on seven hits.

Offensively, Kuhns, Herrmann, and Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) all had two hits.

The Tigers will return to action in Claremont, California to face Rutgers-Newark and Ithaca. Hampden-Sydney will play a double header against Rutgers-Newark on Tuesday, March 13 and play one game against Ithaca on Wednesday, March 14.