Baseball Swept in Two-Game Slugfest with Eastern Mennonite
HARRISONBURG, VA-In Hampden-Sydney's double header with ODAC-foe Eastern Mennonite, the two teams combined for 71 hits and 44 runs in the two games though the Royals were the winners of both by scores of 8-7 and 20-9. With the losses, Hampden-Sydney falls to 9-16 overall and 4-4 in ODAC play, while the Royals improve to 10-17 and 3-6 in conference.
Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) was solid in the first game with two hits and a game-high three runs in the Tigers' near come back. After trailing 3-0 in the early innings, Kuhns and Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) scored on a two-RBI single by Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) in the top of the third.
Eastern Mennonite scored three more runs to take a 6-2 lead after six innings. The Tigers responded, however, with three runs in the seventh and two in the ninth to take a 7-6 lead heading into the final frame.
The Royals knocked in a run in the ninth and then were able to score on a walk-off single in the tenth.
Eastern Mennonite took its momentum from the win to jump out to a 7-2 lead after the first inning of the second game. Though the Tiger offense was able to score nine runs - two of which were scored by Wind - the Royals were able to score in seven of its eight innings, including at least three runs in four innings.
Hampden-Sydney scored four runs in the first two innings with Herrmann, Flinchum, and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) each batting in a run.
Freshman Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) substituted in and made the most of it going 2-for-3 with a run. Flinchum and Lewis each recorded three hits in the game.
Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 0.2 innings.
The Tigers remain on the road and return to action Tuesday, April 3 as they face the Hornets of Lynchburg College. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.