Tigers Split with Emory and Henry, Take 6-0 Win Behind Whitaker's Shutout

EMORY, VA-Just days after junior Aaron Van Allen (Danville, VA/Tunstall) threw the Tigers' first complete game shutout of the year, rookie Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) went the distance against Emory & Henry, leading Hampden-Sydney to a 6-0 victory in the second game of the day.

The Wasps took game one by a score 10-6, putting the Tigers at 7-12 overall and 2-2 in ODAC play. Emory & Henry now stands at 5-13 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

In the first game of the day, the Tigers out hit Emory & Henry 12-8, but the Wasps were able to produce four more runs in the victory.

Hampden-Sydney took the early 3-0 lead with Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) scoring on an error, and Zeb Cope (Advance, NC/Davie County) batting in Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) with a double.

After the Wasps hit the scoreboard with a run in the fourth, but Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) fired back with a two RBI double in the sixth for a 5-1 lead.

The seventh inning, however, belonged to Emory & Henry as it tacked on eight runs on six hits and a Hampden-Sydney error.

Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) was able to bat in Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford), but it was as close as the Tigers would come as the Wasps added one more run of it's own.

Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) allowed six runs on four hits in 6.1 innings, but Van Allen took the loss after allowing three runs on two hits.

The second game was all Tigers, as Whitaker struck out four batters and allowed just seven hits while keeping the Wasps off the scoreboard.

On the offensive side, Flinchum scored two runs while batting one in on a 2-for-5 performance from the plate. Rookie Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) batted in two runs and scored one of his own. Hamlett, Kuhns and Cope all scored for the Tigers as well.

On the day, Cope had the hot bat, going 4-for-8 from the plate with two runs and two RBI. Gray continued his impressive hitting with a 4-for-7 performance with two RBI and a run. Flinchum, Brownell, Hamlett, and Lewis all recorded three hits.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action Thursday, March 22 as it travels to Ferrum, Virginia to face Ferrum at 7:00 pm.