April 3, 2012

Baseball Weekly Preview (4/2-4/8)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-This week Hampden-Sydney baseball will play four games, including three against ODAC opponents. The Tigers start their week with two road contests against Lynchburg on Tuesday, April 3 and #19 Shenandoah on Thursday, April 5. They will then return home for a Saturday double header against Roanoke College. To preview each contest before first pitch is thrown, check out the Hampden-Sydney baseball game notes by clicking here.

Tuesday at Lynchburg: The Hornets sit atop the ODAC standings at 8-2 in conference and 22-6 overall. Lynchburg is nearly flawless at home, posting an 11-1 record with its loss coming 9-4 to Tufts. Currently on an eight-game win streak, Lynchburg has six players that have played in at least 20 games who are batting over .300. The top two offensive threats are Dan Savage (.419, 44 hits, 30 RBI, 25 runs) and Michael Kenah (.368, 42 hits, 25 runs, 24 RBI). On the mound, the Hornets boast a 3.68 ERA and are led by Brandon Miller's 6-0 record and 1.43 earned run average.

Thursday at Shenandoah: The Tigers will travel to Winchester, Virginia for a tough test against 19th ranked Shenandoah. The Hornets are 20-7 overall and 7-3 in the highly competitive USA South conference. Currently on a three-game win streak, Shenandoah is 5-2 against ODAC competition with losses coming to Bridgewater and Lynchburg. Jake Pendergraft leads an offense that hits .326 as a team with a .440 batting average. The pitching staff boasts a 3.50 ERA while striking out 6.53 batters-per-game.

Saturday vs. Roanoke: Hampden-Sydney will wrap up its week with a home double header against the Maroons of Roanoke College. The Maroons are in ninth place in the ODAC with a 3-7 conference mark to go with a 12-17 overall record. Roanoke has lost its last five outings and will face Guilford on Tuesday before preparing for Saturday's match up. As a team, Roanoke is hitting .365 though opponents are batting .366 against. Their pitching staff holds a 5.95 ERA and depend on weekend starter Mark Wimmer. Wimmer has started in a team-high nine games with a 2-5 record and 5.32 ERA.