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Tigers' Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short, 13-11 to R-MC

Beau Flinchum

ASHLAND, VA-Hampden-Sydney scored six runs in the ninth innings but came just short in a 13-11 loss to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 9-8-1 overall and 2-1 in ODAC play while the Yellow Jackets improve to 7-6 on the season and 3-2 in conference. 

Randolph-Macon took early control of the game with three runs in each the first, second, and fourth inning to jump out to a 9-1 lead. The Tigers crossed the plate in the second as Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) scored on a wild pitch. 

The Jackets extended their lead again in the fifth with two more runs, but the Tigers' bats came alive in the seventh with three runs. James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI) and Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) both reached base and scored on back-to-back RBI from Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) and Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford). Elliott then scored on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI to score to 11-4.

After Randolph-Macon responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh, Flinchum scored Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) from second to make it a 12-5 game. The Jackets, however, responded again in the bottom of the frame with another run to go up 13-5.

Hampden-Sydney made the game very interesting in the top of the ninth, starting with a Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) lead-off double. After Lewis was walked, Gray hit an RBI-double to score Hamlett and put runners on second and third. 

Tucker then drew a walk to load the bases, and Lewis scored next on a balk to bring the Tigers within six. Keller stepped up to the plate and batted in Gray to put the Tigers down 13-8. Flinchum then hit his second homerun on the year, scoring three to make it a 13-11 game. Randolph-Macon, however, recorded the final two outs to take the game.

Flinchum again led the offense with a 4-for-5 day, scoring two runs and batting in four with a homerun. Tucker was also solid going 3-for-4 with two runs and a double. Gray and Elliott each recorded two hits.

As a team, Hampden-Sydney recorded 14 hits to Randolph-Macon's 17. 

On the mound, Aaron Van Allen (Danville, VA/Tunstall) was the Tigers' pitcher of decision, allowing six runs, four earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings. 

Hampden-Sydney will stay on the road and face Ferrum tomorrow, March 14, in Ferrum, VA. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm.

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