HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Tigers took two out of three games in the 2013 Ty Cobb Classic with a 2-1 win over Moravian Sunday afternoon. The two teams were knotted at 1-1, but pinch runner Kyle Lung (Williamsburg, VA/Mary Washington) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-6-1 on the year while Moravian drops to 1-1.
Freshman Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) was again solid in his second career outing, allowing just one run on five hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out three and walked just one. Junior Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) picked up the win, throwing 1.2 shutout innings of relief. He struck out three without allowing a hit.
Senior Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) earned his first save of the year closing out the ninth with just one hit allowed. Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) also had a shutout inning on the mound.
West gave up his lone run in the first, putting the Tigers in an early hole. He shut out the Greyhound offense, however, giving the Tigers a chance back into the game.
The offense took advantage that chance in the third. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) reached first, and after the Tigers played small ball to advance him to third, Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) batted him in with a single to tie the game.
The Tigers nearly took the lead in the sixth with three hits, but were unable to cross the plate. The seventh, however, was a different story with Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) starting the momentum with a double. Lung came in to pinch run and later scored the game winner as Hamlett forced the Greyhounds into an error.
Moravian's Thomas Mariano was the losing pitcher going six innings and allowing two unearned runs on seven hits.
Hampden-Sydney will hit the road and return to action Wednesday, February 27. The Tigers will face Methodist at 4:00 pm.