HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After falling 6-1 to Roanoke in the first of two games, Hampden-Sydney responded with eight runs on 17 hits to take an 8-3 victory and split the ODAC double header. The Tigers now stand at 10-19 overall and 5-6 in ODAC play while the Maroons are 14-18 overall and 5-8 in conference.
In the first game, both Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) and Dalton Altizer gave their respective clubs a chance to win in the first three frames with Nicoll not surrendering a hit and Altizer giving up a run on three hits. It was Altizer, however, who would be victorious going the distance while allowing one run on eight hits. Nicoll was the Tigers' pitcher of decision after allowing four runs on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Roanoke tacked on three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead.
Junior Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing two runs - both in the eighth - on five hits.
Rabiej struck out nine and Nicoll fanned five.
Roanoke used back-to-back triples to lead of the second game to jumpstart to a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Kuhns and Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) each batted in a run to tie the game at 2-2.
Herrmann batted in his second run of the game as his triple scored Gray to give the Tigers their first lead at 3-2. Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) followed up Herrmann with an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2.
On the mound, Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) was able to pitch four scoreless before the Maroons scored again with one run in the top of the sixth.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame with one out, and Kuhns was hit by a pitch to score Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River). Gray followed that up with a sacrifice fly to score Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby).
Hamlett batted in Flinchum in the seventh to give the Tigers a 7-3 cushion. Kuhns added to the lead for the last time as he was again hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Nick Caporale (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) then pitched the ninth without allowing a run.
Offensively in game two, Gray and Hamlett were each 3-for-4 while Herrmann was 3-for-5. Kuhns batted in three runs while Herrmann batted in a pair.
Whitaker was solid through eight innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven.
The Tigers return to action on Monday, April 9, as they travel to Danville, Virginia to face the Cougars of Averett University. Game-time is set for 3:00 pm.