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Greensboro Downs Tigers 6-3

Andrew Tucker

GREENSBORO, NC-Greensboro College scored the first three runs of the game on Thursday afternoon and held a lead throughout, defeating the Tigers' 6-3. Hampden-Sydney drops to 2-5 while the Pride improve to 4-2 on the young season.

Sophomore Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) picked up the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings work. Greensboro's Kristopher Peeden earned the win while going six innings and surrendering three runs - two earned - on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Greensboro jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first, but Hampden-Sydney chipped away in the third with two runs of its own. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) kept the inning alive with a two-out single and was brought home on a John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) RBI triple. A wild pitch then scored Lloyd to put the Tigers within one at 3-2.

The Pride, however, responded with two runs in the fourth as Kyle Schmidt hit an RBI single to score Matthew Parker and Bill Wooding scored on a wild pitch. Then in the fifth, Greensboro upped its lead to 6-2 as James Feldmann scored on a Steven Pfeiffer RBI-double.

Hampden-Sydney added one more run in the sixth as Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) reached on an error and eventually rounded the bases courtesy a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI-single.

After three scoreless innings pitched from Greg Brownson (Forest, VA/Jefferson Forest), Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton), and Lewis, the Tigers were close to mounting a comeback, down 6-3, in the top of the ninth.

Back-to-back singles from James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI) and Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) followed by a walk from Chris Hall (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) loaded the bases for the Tigers.

The Pride made a pitching change to Brian Robert who got his team out of the jam, striking out the next two batters and forcing a groundout for the final out of the game.

Greensboro recorded 11 hits to Hampden-Sydney's eight. Hamlett and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) led the Tiger offense with two hits each. Four other players recorded a hit.

The Pride had four players record two hits.

Hampden-Sydney returns home to host Stevenson University at Ty Cobb Ballpark on February 16 for a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12:00 pm.

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