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Tigers Drop 9-4 Decision to Rutgers-Camden

Beau Flinchum

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team outhit Rutgers-Camden 12-10, but the Scarlet Raptors used five late runs to claim a 9-4 win in the first game of the 2013 Ty Cobb Classic. Hampden-Sydney now falls to 2-6-1 while the Raptors begin their season 1-0.

With light running out, the game was called after eight innings. In the effort, Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs. John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) was also very productive with a 3-for-4 day.

The Tigers claimed the first lead of the game, using a run by Lloyd on an Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) RBI-single.

The Tigers then added to the lead in the fourth. Flinchum led off the inning with a double and later crossed the plate on a Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) RBI-single.

The Scarlet Raptors then came alive with two runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 4-2 lead.

Hampden-Sydney pulled back within one in the bottom of the sixth as a Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI-double scored Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville). Flinchum then tied the game in the seventh with his second run of the game - this one on a Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) sacrifice fly.

The eighth, however, was all Rutgers-Camden as they managed five runs on four hits and two errors by the Tigers.

Freshman Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) picked up the loss after allowing four runs - just two earned - on five hits in three innings. Aaron Van Allen (Danville, VA/Tunstall) started the game and pitched four innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Basil Dicerbo was the winning pitcher while allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits in 3.1 innings of relief. He walked three and struck out two.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, February 23. The Tigers host SUNY New Paltz at 3:00 pm. Rutgers-Camden and Moravian will start day two of the Ty Cobb Classic at 11:00 AM.

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