HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After three hours of play, 21 hits, and 14 combined runs, neither Hampden-Sydney nor #8 Christopher Newport could claim an advantage as the sun set over Ty Cobb Ballpark. As light ran out, the two teams ended the game in a 7-7 draw after nine innings. Hampden-Sydney now stands at 2-5-1 and Christopher Newport stands at 8-1-1.
The Tigers jumped out to the early lead with a big two-out rally in the bottom of the first. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) led off the inning with a walk, and after two outs was brought home on an Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) RBI single to give the Tigers the first lead of the day.
The hits kept coming with James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI) reaching on a single, followed by three straight RBI-singles from Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover), Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville), and Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) to put the Tigers up 4-0.
After Lewis took the mound and held the Captains scoreless for the second straight inning, Hampden-Sydney added one more run as Keller batted in Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville).
The Captains used to fourth inning to cut into the lead with three runs of their own on three hits.
Three runs from Christopher Newport over the next two innings knotted the game at 6-6, but again the Tiger bats came alive. In the bottom of the sixth, Tucker scored his second run of the day as Flinchum was able to reach on an error.
Christopher Newport, however, tied the game again with a run in the seventh. Neither team was able to cross the plate in the final two and a half innings.
Lewis, who started the game on the mound, allowed three runs on five hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked one. Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) gave up two runs on two hits while striking out and walking one. Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) surrendered the final two runs on two hits in one innings work. He also struck out and walked one.
Senior Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) closed out the game, with two shutout innings. He did not allow a hit, walked two, and struck out three.
Offensively, Tucker had a game-high three of the Tigers' 12 hits while scoring two runs and batting in another. Gray and Keller each notched two hits.
Christopher Newport had five pitchers take the mound, and offensively recorded nine hits with four players each recording two.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Friday, February 22 for the Ty Cobb Tournament. The Tigers' first opponent will be SUNY-New Paltz. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.