LYNCHBURG, VA-The Tigers and Lynchburg were tied 1-1 after four innings, but the top-seeded Hornets used four runs in the fifth inning to lift them to an 8-1 victory in the first game of the 2012 ODAC Baseball Tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium. The Tigers, now 13-26, are still alive in the double elimination tournament and will face the loser of #2 Bridgewater and #5 Guilford at 11:00 am tomorrow, April 27, in the first elimination game. Lynchburg will play tomorrow at 3:00 pm against the loser of tonight's game between #3 Emory and Henry and #4 Randolph-Macon.
Freshman Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) picked up the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out three and walked one. Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) and Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings while each allowing one hit.
Lynchburg's Robert Garrett went the distance, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.
Lynchburg fired right back, however, with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hornets broke the tie and took their first lead in the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits and one error.
With a 5-1 advantage, Lynchburg cushioned its lead with three more runs in the seventh with Michael Del Buono and Dan Savage batting in back-to-back runs.
Cope and Gray each had two of the Tigers' eight hits on the day.
Lynchburg's offense was led by Savage's 3-for-3 performance from the plate with two RBI and one run. Three other Hornets recorded two hits as the team knocked 13.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action tomorrow at 11:00 am facing the loser of the Bridgewater and Guilford game. For all information on the 2012 ODAC Tournament, click here. You can also tune in to listen to Hampden-Sydney's games here.