WINCHESTER, VA-Both Hampden-Sydney and Shenandoah won one game in the two teams' first meeting as conference opponents in ODAC double header action Sunday afternoon. The Hornets took the first game 3-2, but the Tigers turned around to win the second game 6-2. Hampden-Sydney now stands at 10-10-1 overall and 3-2 in conference while Shenandoah boasts an 11-3 overall record and 4-2-1 conference mark.
Despite going 1-1 on the day, Hampden-Sydney outhit Shenandoah in both games, with a 10-8 advantage in game one and 11-4 margin in game two.
Both Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) and Nick McMahon looked strong on the bump to start the game, as the game was tied 0-0 through two and a half innings. The Hornets, however, stung with one run in each of the next three innings.
The Tigers kept the deficit close with Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) scoring Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) on an RBI-double in the fourth, and Gray later batting in Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) in the fifth.
McMahon and Shenandoah would hold on for the 3-2 victory. Gray and Flinchum each went 3-for-4 for the Tigers, and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) recorded two hits.
In game two, it was the Tigers to secure the early lead and hold throughout. In the top of the second, Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) and Hamlett each batted in runs while James Keller (Fredericksburg, VA/VMI) and Elliott scored to go up 2-0.
The Tigers pushed the lead to 3-0 as a Hamlett RBI-double scored Keller in the top of the fourth.
Shenandoah made it a 3-2 game with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Tigers fired right back in the top of the fifth with Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) batting in Gray and John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run).
The Tigers added one more insurance run in the seventh as Elliott batted in Flinchum.
Hamlett, Elloitt, and Keller led the Tiger offense with two hits each.
Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) started the game allowing two runs on two hits, and Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) picked up the win, pitching 1 scoreless innings. Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) earned his fourth save of the year, pitching four shutout innings.
Hampden-Sydney returns to the friendly confines of Ty Cobb Ballpark as the Tigers host Randolph-Macon on Tuesday, March 19. First pitch is set for 3:30.