DEMOREST, GA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball started its three-game trip south on the right note, defeating the Little Giants of Wabash College in dramatic fashion with Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) hitting a two-RBI walk off double in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 13-3 on the season while Wabash drops to 3-3.
Wabash scored a run in each of the second and third inning to take a 2-0 lead, but Hamdpen-Sydney cut into the lead in the bottom of the third with a run of its own. A two-out single by Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) advanced Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) to third. Rogers then took off and scored on a failed pickoff attempt error.
After a scoreless fourth, the Little Giants increased their lead to 3-1 with David Oliger scoring on a wild pitch.
The Tigers cut back into the lead in the seventh, and trailed by one run as Jeff Decker (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Ryan O'Hara (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond River) pulled a double steal to score O'Hara from third.
The Tigers still trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but Wabash walked three straight batters after retiring the lead off man, Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River). With the bases loaded, Wiles hit a walk-off double to score Tommy Barlow (Hebron, MD/Delmar) and John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) for the win.
On the mound, Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) picks up the winning, after pitching a shutout ninth inning. Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) started the game, going five innings and allowing three runs – two earned – on six hits and four walks. He also struck out five. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three.
The Tigers tallied five hits to Wabash's seven. Wiles, Carneal, Decker, Rogers, and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) each recorded one hit.
Hampden-Sydney has a quick turnaround and will face LaGrange tomorrow, March 11 at 7:00 pm.