ROCKY MOUNT, NC-Hampden-Sydney baseball picked up its first win of the season and did so in convincing fashion with a 13-2 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan on Thursday afternoon. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 1-3 while the Bishops drop to 0-3.
In his first career appearance and start, rookie Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) picked up the victory after pitching five shutout innings while only allowing four hits. He struck out one and did not walk any.
After a scoreless first inning, Hampden-Sydney jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and never looked back. The first two batters were retired, but John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) started the action with a double. He later scored on a Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) RBI single. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) then batted in Wiles and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) with a two-RBI double.
Lloyd and Wiles teamed up again in the fourth, with Wiles recording another single to score Lloyd for a 4-0 lead. Wiles was then able to cross the plate courtesy a Hamlett RBI-single.
Hampden-Sydney again extended its lead in the fifth with three more runs on five hits. Lloyd recorded his third hit of the day and first two RBI as his double scored Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair). Lloyd then crossed home plate for the third time on a Tucker RBI double.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers managed to add five runs on just one hit. Four Tigers were walked, one reached on an error, and one reached on a fielder's choice. Hamlett, Brian Collins (Montpelier, VA/Patrick Henry), Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville), James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI), and Elliott all scored in the inning.
North Carolina broke the shutout with two runs in the bottom of the sixth off of four hits.
The Tigers added four more hits over the final three innings to North Carolina Wesleyan's two, but neither team could score.
11 different Tigers recorded hits for Hampden-Sydney with Hamlett, Lloyd, and Tucker all going 3-for-4 with a combined effort of eight RBI, five runs, and five doubles. Wiles and Lewis both had two hits for Hampden-Sydney.
North Carolina Wesleyan's Jackson Pleasant picked up the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in three and two thirds innings.
Hampden-Sydney remains on the road and returns to action Saturday with an afternoon double header at Mary Washington. First pitch is set for 12:00 pm.