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Baseball Weekly Preview: March 3-March 9

Hunter Lewis

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers at Randolph-Macon • Wednesday • 2:30 PM
Tigers vs. Roanoke • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers vs. Roanoke • Saturday • 3:00 PM

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney enters this week at 11-2 overall while remaining one of the hottest teams in the ODAC, riding a nine game winning streak. As of the March 2nd D3Baseball.com Top-25 poll, the Tigers are receiving votes and sit five spots out. Hampden-Sydney has been hot at the plate, scoring 8.6 runs-per-game on 11.3 hits-per-game with a .340 batting average. The Tigers swept their second straight week with commanding wins over Ferrum (15-5) and Southern Virginia (6-0, 12-4) while coming back with five runs in the bottom of the ninth to down Christopher Newport 13-12. This week, the Tigers open up ODAC play, starting the week on the road with a Wednesday afternoon match up with arch-rival Randolph-Macon. The team will then return home to host the Maroons of Roanoke College on Saturday, March 8th.

As a team, the Tigers are batting .340 while leading the lead with 36 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's two triples and four homeruns both rank sixth. The Tigers stand second in the league with 199 total bases, 99 runs batted in, and 112 runs. 

Spencer Wiles is on pace to have a monster year, batting .532 with 25 hits, 20 runs, 14 RBI, 11 doubles, and one homerun. Also showing hot bats are Reggie Johnson (.562), John Lloyd (.400), Jackson Rogers (.353), and Christian Hamlett (.348).

On the mound, the staff posts a 3.51 ERA. Hunter Lewis leads the team with 20.0 innings pitched, a 1.80 ERA, and 29 strikeouts. He and Trevor Otey (3.21 ERA) each have 3-0 records. Teddy West (2-0; 4.58 ERA) and Billy Nixon (1-0; 3.18 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Matt Hinson leads the bullpen with six appearances, a 2.92 ERA and 2-1 record.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

RANDOLPH-MACON (3/5): The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start in 2014 with a 2-5 record but have since won three of their last four games to stand at 5-6 entering the week. The Jackets kick off the week on Wednesday hosting the Tigers before heading to Lexington for a Saturday double header against Washington & Lee. Randolph-Macon's most recent outing was a Saturday split with Bridgewater, winning the first game 11-5 before falling 3-1. The Jackets also have notable wins over Christopher Newport (14-11), Catholic (9-6), and St. Mary's (16-6).

As a team, Randolph-Macon has scored 71 runs on 99 hits with a .269 batting average in 11 games. The team has knocked 28 extra base hits with 22 doubles, one triple, and five homeruns. The Jackets rank third in the league in both stolen bases (23) and walks (45). Individually, Nate Meiners and Travis Lodge lead the way with averages of .424 and .317. Nicholas Maiolo has had a team-high 15 hits in 30 at bats, posting a .500 average. On the mound, the team boasts a 4.41 ERA. Jamie Hendrick leads the crew with a 3.60 ERA and 3-0 record in 15.0 innings pitched. James Walsh (5.79 ERA; 0-3), and Daniel Byrd (3.46 ERA; 1-1) round out the usual starters.  

ROANOKE (3/8): The Roanoke Maroons enter the week at 1-5 overall and 0-3 in ODAC play, having lost their last three by scores of 19-2 and 13-1 to Shenandoah and 9-7 to Emory & Henry. The Maroons lone win of the season was 11-6 over Maine-Presque Isle. This week, the team takes on Averett on Tuesday before heading to Ty Cobb Ballpark to face the Tigers.

As a team, the Maroons have scored 24 runs on 48 hits with a .241 batting average. The team has scored 24 runs, all being by RBI. The Maroons have hit 11 doubles, one triple, and three homeruns. On the mound, the pitching staff has a combined 6.30 ERA with a .274 batting average against.

Bradley Mattox (.259) leads the team with seven hits, while Hayden Lee (.353) and Collier Donald (.333) each have six.

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