Tigers' Comeback Effort Falls Short, 6-4 to #18 Shenandoah
WINCHESTER, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball Tigers scored two runs in the top of the ninth to cut into their deficit, but it was not enough as they fell 6-4 to #18 Shenandoah. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 9-18 overall and remains 4-5 in ODAC play. The Hornets improve to 21-7 on the season and are 7-3 in the USA South.
The Tigers out hit their opponent for the second straight game, this time 10-8 including two knocks from Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville), and Zach Matthews (Sandston, VA/Benedictine).
Hamlett helped give the Tigers' their first lead in the second as his RBI double scored Spencer Wiles (Belmont, SC/South Point). The lead was short lived as Shenandoah tied the game in the bottom of the second and held a 4-1 lead after five innings.
An RBI single from Lewis scored Brian Collins (Montpelier, VA/Patrick Henry) to bring the Tigers within two, but the Hornets tacked on two more runs in the eighth to go up 6-2 heading into the final inning.
Hamlett led of the inning with a single and miscues from Shenandoah advanced him to third. With two outs, Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) were walked to load the bases.
Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) was able to reach on an error that scored two runs, but Matt Riegler was able to get the final out and record the save.
Riegler notched his save after allowing two unearned runs on one hit in the final one and two thirds innings while Nicholas McMahon picked up the win after 7.1 innings of work. He allowed two runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking three.
Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) was the Tigers' pitcher of decision after allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) did not allow a hit in 2.2 innings while striking out two batters and walking two. Dalton Renick (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) gave up two runs on two hits in the final frame.
The Tigers return to action this Saturday, April 7 as they host the Maroons of Roanoke College in an ODAC double header. The first game is slated to start at 12:00 pm.