HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Tigers scored eight runs in the second inning en route to a 13-3 victory over Franklin & Marshall for the team's fourth consecutive win. The Tigers now improve to 6-6-1 while the Diplomats start their season 0-1.
Junior Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) and freshman John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) were impressive in the effort, each recording three hits. Tucker went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and an RBI; Lloyd was 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run.
Neither team scored in the first inning and a half, but the Tigers came alive to the tune of eight runs on seven hits and one error in the second. Tucker was 2-for-2 in the frame with a pair of doubles, two runs, and an RBI. Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair), Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI) all recorded RBI-doubles as well. Elliott and Gray also scored. Lloyd got in the scoring action as well, batting in Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford). Lewis and Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) also batted in runs.
Franklin & Marshall scored its first run in the top of the fifth, but the Tigers fired right back with a trio of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) used a double to bat in Elliott, and he later scored, along with Kuhns, on a Lloyd two-RBI double.
The Tigers then extended their lead in the sixth, using miscues from the Diplomats to score Flinchum and Elliott.
The Diplomats added two late runs, but it was not enough.
Junior Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) started on the bump for the Tigers and shut the opposition out in three innings while allowing just one hit. Connor Bradley (Richmond, VA/Trinity Episcopal) picked up the win while allowing one run on three hits in three innings.
Franklin & Marshall's Brendan DeMond took the loss after allowing eight runs - just one earned - in 1.2 innings.
The Tigers recorded 15 hits, including eight doubles, while Franklin & Marshall recorded seven.
Hampden-Sydney will play tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM in the third game of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Tigers will face Rutgers-Newark. Following that game will be Frostburg State and Franklin & Marshall.