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Baseball Weekly Preview: February 17-23

Andrew Tucker

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers vs. Methodist • Wednesday • 3:00 PM
Tigers vs. Keystone • Friday • 3:00 PM
Tigers vs. Moravian • Saturday • 11:00 AM
Tigers vs. Wesley • Sunday • 3:00 PM 

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney enters this week at 3-2 overall, having won its last outing 8-2 against Ferrum. The team is undefeated at home and will not leave the friendly confines of Ty Cobb Ballpark all week with four home games, kicking off with the Monarchs of Methodist University on Wednesday. The Tigers then play three games in three days as they host Keystone, Moravian, and Wesley in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament from Friday to Sunday.

The Tigers have been playing well both at the plate and on the mound. Offensively, Hampden-Sydney has been hitting and scoring well, averaging 5.0 runs-per-game on 7.8 hits-per-game. While the Tigers have been held to two runs twice, they've also put a six, seven, and eight on the scoreboard.

Second baseman John Lloyd, right fielder Spencer Wiles, and center fielder Andrew Tucker have been hitting the ball very well. Each have started in all five games, and Lloyd leads the group with a .389 average and a team-high seven hits. Wiles and Tucker are batting .357 and .333, respectively, with a combined nine runs batted in. 

On the flip side, the Tiger pitching staff has a combined ERA of just 1.49. Of the four Tigers that have started on the mound, three still have ERAs of 0.00 with a combined 17.0 innings pitched. Further, senior Hunter Lewis has posted an impressive nine strikeouts in to just one walk in his nine innings of work.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

METHODIST (2/19): The Methodist Monarchs enter this week at 3-1 overall and has yet to play a USA South contest. The Monarchs swept Roanoke in their season opening double header. After falling to Lynchburg 4-3, the team rallied to down Christopher Newport 7-6 in its last outing. The team has a combined batting average of .276, scoring four runs-per-game on 8.75 hits. Individually, Chris Power leads the offense, batting .444 with six hits, three runs, and one RBI. Tyler Hardee and Josh Howard lead the team with three runs batted in each; and Matt Jack, batting .364, has scored a team-high five runs. On the mound, Methodist has an ERA of 2.75 with five pitchers having seen action. Howard has pitched a team-high 14.0 innings having started in two games with a 1-0 record and 1.93 ERA. 

KEYSTONE (2/21): The Keystone Giants will open their season with the Tigers this weekend in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. Keystone finished the 2013 season 37-10 overall and 17-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). The Giants won the conference for the fifth straight season and won four games in the NCAA Tournament, falling just one game shy of the College World Series. This season, the Giants are again predicted to win the CSAC, being voted number one in the preseason poll. 

MORAVIAN (2/22): The Moravian Greyhounds also open their season in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Greyhounds have been picked as the preseason favorite in the Landmark Conference after winning the league last season, finishing 24-19, and competing in the NCAA Regional. Moravian returns the bulk of its 2013 team, with 30 players returning; 13 of those are starters, including the entire starting pitching rotation and closer. 

WESLEY (2/23): The Wesley Wolverines open their season this weekend in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Wolverines were picked to finish fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference after finishing the 2013 campaign at 21-19 and 7-8 in conference play.  Before facing the Tigers on Sunday, Wesley will play Moravian on Friday and Keystone on Saturday.  

 

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