HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After coming from behind to win 6-5 in the ninth inning, the Hampden-Sydney baseball team cruised to a 11-2 victory in the second game against the Generals of Washington and Lee University. With the wins, Hampden-Sydney improves to 9-13 on the year and 4-2 in ODAC play, while the Generals drop to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in conference.
In the first game, Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) and Pat Smith were both solid on the mound, each allowing just one hit through the first six innings. The Generals, however, played small ball and were able to score before recording a hit in the second inning.
The General bats then came alive in the seventh, scoring three runs to take a 4-0 lead. The Tigers, though were not daunted and slowly chipped away. Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and later scored on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI to pull within three.
Kuhns then scored the game-tying run as Gray knocked him in with an RBI double.
The tie was short lived as Jonathan Stutts led off the ninth with a homerun to go up 5-4. Kyle McKay (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) was able to get out the inning without surrendering any more runs.
In the final half inning, the Tigers led off with a single from Lewis followed by Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) being hit by a pitch. After Cope advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Wind batted in the game tying run with a single, and Kuhns was hit by a pitch to walk in the game-winning run.
Nicoll allowed four runs - just one earned - one four hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out three and walked four. Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) faced one batter and recorded two outs, while McKay picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits in the final two innings.
In the second game, Hampden-Sydney took advantage of early General errors to take a 3-1 lead after the first inning with Wind, Gray and Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) scoring.
The Tigers again took advantage of a Washington & Lee error as Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) crossed the plate in the fourth on a passed ball to put the Tigers up 4-1.
Washington & Lee cut into the lead with a run in the fifth, but Flinchum fired right back, this time batting in Herrmann.
Kuhns added to the Tiger cushion to 6-2 in the sixth when he batted in Cope on an RBI single.
Gray again added to the Hampden-Sydney lead when he ripped a single with the bases loaded to score two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Herrmann then followed Gray with an RBI single of his own to put the Tigers up 9-2. Lewis and Cope also batted in runs for the final Tiger scores of the day.
Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) recorded the win after allowing two runs - one earned - on six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three. Rabiej pitched two innings without surrendering a hit and striking out three. Nick Caporale (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) pitched the ninth and struck out one while not allowing a hit.
Washington & Lee's Ian Shaw took the loss after allowing six runs - just one earned - on eight hits in six innings.
On the day, Gray recorded five hits, three RBI, and two runs. Herrmann and Lewis each recorded three hits and combined to bat in four runs and score three runs. Wind collected two hits while scoring three and batting in two. Kuhns batted in three runs and scored two with his two hits.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Wednesday, March 28 as it travels to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to face the Battling Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan. The game time is set for 3:30 pm.