LYNCHBURG, VA-After falling 8-1 in the opening game of the 2012 ODAC Baseball Tournament, the Hampden-Sydney Tigers responded with a 13-8 victory over Guilford College and advance to the third day of the Tournament. The Tigers, now at 14-26, will play at 3:00 pm and will wait to find out their opponent. The Quakers, having taken their second loss, end their season at 21-20 overall.
The Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, putting up three runs in the top of the first on Guilford starter Borja Jones-Berasaluce. Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) and Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) each batted in runs, and Flinchum was able to cross the plate when Brownell was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Guilford notched a run in the bottom of the first, and tacked on three more scores in the third behind a two-run homerun from first baseman John Macon Smith.
Though the Tigers trailed 4-3, they reclaimed the lead with five runs on six hits in the fourth innings to go up 8-4. Four Tigers batted in runs, including two RBI from Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford).
The slugfest continued as Guilford responded with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth to cut its deficit to 8-6. Hampden-Sydney fired right back, however, as Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) hit a sacrifice fly to score Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) in the top of the fifth.
The two teams traded a pair of runs in the seventh to put the score at 11-8, but the Tigers added to their three run cushion with two more runs in the top of the eighth.
Junior Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) closed out the game allowing no runs in the final two innings to pick up the victory. Rabiej pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two.
Jones-Berasaluce was the Quakers' pitcher of decision, allowing seven runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in 3.1 innings.
Senior Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) led the Tigers with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate. Kuhns batted in a game-high three runs while scoring two on a 3-for-6 day. Lewis was 3-for-4 with a game-high three runs and one RBI. All nine starters recorded at least one of the Tigers' 21 hits.
For Guilford, Jordan Slate led the way offensively going 4-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Four other Quakers recorded two hits, including Macon Smith who scored two runs and batted in two more.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action in the ODAC Tournament tomorrow, April 28 at 3:00 pm. The opponent is to be determined. For all information on the 2012 ODAC Tournament, click here. You can also tune in to listen to Hampden-Sydney's games here.