FREDERICKSBURG, VA-Runs were hard to come by Sunday afternoon as Hampden-Sydney and Mary Washington combined for three runs on 20 hits in 14 innings of play. Hampden-Sydney took the first game 1-0 while the Eagles claimed a 2-0 victory in game two. The Tigers now stand at 2-4 on the young season, and Mary Washington starts its year 1-1.
Sophomore Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) pitched his fourth career complete game victory and first of 2013 as he shutout the Eagles in seven innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out one and walked none.
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie through the first six innings, but it was Hampden-Sydney to get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) reached on a one-out single, and after a Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) sacrifice bunt advanced the runner, Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) batted in Flinchum with a single.
Torey Mancari was the losing pitcher, allowing just the one run in 6.2 innings. He surrendered five hits while striking out five and walking three.
Game two was much like the first, with a 0-0 tie through the first five and a half innings. This time, however, it was Mary Washington that broke the tie with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Aaron Van Allen (Danville, VA/Tunstall) was the pitcher of decision, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one. Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) allowed no runs and one hit in the final innings.
Flinchum led the Tiger offense in game one with a 2-for-2 performance while scoring the game winning run. In game two, it was Lewis who recorded two hits in three at bats.
The Tigers stay on the road, returning to action Wednesday, February 16 as they face Greensboro College. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.