April 11, 2012

Tigers Battle Back, Fall 11-10 in 10 Innings

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney battled back from an early 6-2 deficit to eventually take an 8-7 lead and later come back again to tie the game at 10-10, but the Tigers ultimately fell 11-10 to the Hornets of Lynchburg College in ten innings. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 10-21 overall and 5-7 in the ODAC, while the conference leading Hornets improve to 27-6 on the season and 12-2 in the ODAC.

Despite allowing six runs in the first two innings, Hampden-Sydney was able to slowly come back with one run in each of the two frames with RBI from Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville).

The Tigers caught fire in the third and fourth scoring three runs a piece and took an 8-7 lead after four innings. Flinchum led off the third with a single, followed by two more hits from Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) and Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville). After Lewis's single scored Flinchum, Zeb Cope (Advance, NC/Davie County) ripped a two RBI single to pull the Tigers within one.

The fourth was much of the same for the Tigers, as Flinchum, Brownell, and Lewis again led off with singles and again with an RBI. Pinch Hitter Brian Collins (Montpelier, VA/Patrick Henry) and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) then each batted in a run to give the Tigers their first lead of the day at 8-7. 

The lead, however, was short lived as Richard Palase hit a two-run homerun in the top of the fifth to put the Hornets back up 9-8.

After Lynchburg extended its lead to 10-8 in the sixth, the Tigers cut into it as Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex) batted in Lewis with an RBI single. Lewis knocked another run in as his RBI single sscored Flinchum in the seventh to tie the game at 10-10.

Despite having a run scored in every inning, neither team could score in either the eighth or ninth, forcing the game into extra innings. In the tenth, it was Lynchburg who scored the final run as Michael Del Buono hit the game-winning RBI triple.

Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) pitched three scoreless innings before giving up his lone run in the tenth to take the loss. Lynchburg's Brandon Miller improved to 7-0 on the season after he allowed one run on three hits in four innings.

Lewis and Flinchum led the offensive charge, combining for six runs, four RBI and seven hits in ten total at bats. Gray and Cope each went 2-for-2 while Gray drew three walks.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action this Saturday, April 14, as the Tigers travel to Ashland to face arch-rival Randolph-Macon in a double header. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm.