FAYETTEVILLE, NC-Hampden-Sydney baseball won its third straight game with an 8-6 road win over Methodist University on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-6-1 while the Monarchs drop to 7-6 overall. Senior Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) picked up his first win of the season, pitching one shutout inning of relief while Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) notched his second consecutive save.
The Tigers came out of the gate hot, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) led off and scored the first run of the game on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, va/Menchville) RBI-single. A costly error then allowed Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) round the bases. Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) then scored the fourth and final run of the inning when Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) slapped a single into left field to bat him in.
Methodist fired back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, and in the fourth used one more run to knot the game at 4-4.
After a scoreless fifth, the Tigers reclaimed the lead with Gray batting in Lewis for a 5-4 advantage.
The lead, though, was short lived as two runs from the Monarchs in the bottom half of the inning put the home team up 6-5.
Lewis then tied the game in the top of the eighth with his second run of the day, this time on a Tucker RBI-double. The Tigers reclaimed the lead in the ninth with Hamlett batting in Cody Joyner (Newport News, VA/Menchville) for the game winner. The team added insurance as Kyle Lung (Williamsburg, VA/Mary Washington) scored on a wild pitch.
Aaron Van Allen (Danville, VA/Tunstall) had the start and gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings. Offensively, Hamlett, Tucker, and Gray each had three hits while the Tigers as a team had 12.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Tigers will face Franklin & Marshall on March 1 at 3:00 pm in the friendly confines of Ty Cobb Ballpark.