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Tigers Drop Two to Eastern Mennonite

Christian Clifton

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney suffered a Saturday sweep to Eastern Mennonite in ODAC action. The Royals took decisions of 8-3 and 7-0 behind two complete game performances. With the losses, Hampden-Sydney falls to 11-12-1 overall and 4-4 in ODAC play; Eastern Mennonite improves to 13-10 overall and 3-3 in conference.

Eastern Mennonite was able to take game one behind a complete game from pitcher Adam Posey and eight runs on 13 hits. The Royals were the first team to strike offensively with one run on two hits in the second inning.

The Tigers came right back in the bottom of the second Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) hit a two-out RBI-single that scored Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover).

After Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) retired three batters while allowing one hit in the top of the third, Hampden-Sydney took its first lead of the game on an Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) RBI-double that scored Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville).

The Tiger lead lasted until the top of the sixth when the Royals added two runs followed by one more in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.

Hampden-Sydney trimmed the margin to one as Brian Collins (Montpelier, VA/Patrick Henry) scored on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI-single.

The Royals, however, scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth to claim the 8-3 win.

Whitaker drops to 3-2 on the year while allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings. He recorded one strikeout. Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) pitched the final two innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits.

Offensively, the Tigers recorded seven hits with Kuhns and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) each recording two.

Eastern Mennonite picked up where it left off in game two with one run to start the game. The Royals then added two more runs on two hits and one error to take a 3-0 lead.

The Royals added to their lead with one more run in the sixth, and then capitalized on Hampden-Sydney errors with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a 7-0 win. Daniel Stanley earned the shutout victory while walking two and striking out two.  

Hampden-Sydney was limited to five hits and was hampered by five errors. Freshman Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) was the Tigers' pitcher of decision, allowing five runs – just two earned – on seven hits in 6.1 innings. Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit. Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) closed out the game with a shutout inning.

The Tigers return to action as they travel to Lynchburg to face the Hornets of Lynchburg College on Wednesday, March 27. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.

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