HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney used seven runs in the eighth inning to take a late lead over Lynchburg College, but the comeback fell just short as the Hornets outlasted the Tigers 10-9 in ten innings of action at Ty Cobb Ballpark. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 19-7 overall and 3-4 in ODAC play; the Hornets improve to 15-4 and 4-3 in conference.
Lynchburg took control of the game early, scoring two runs in each of the second and fourth inning to take the early 4-0 lead. The Hornets used one hit and one error to knock in two, and in the fourth, Jake Tanner homered before a Joe Rogers double scored Lincoln Evans.
Lynchburg tacked on two more in the seventh to open up a 6-1 lead behind a two-RBI single from Wil Parsons.
The tide changed in the eighth, though, as the Tigers came alive with the first three batters singling to load the bases for Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville). Gray then delivered with a two-RBI single to bring the Tigers within three at 6-3. Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) then followed up Gray with an RBI-single to score Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby). Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) kept the momentum going, batting in Gray while giving the Tigers their sixth consecutive single to start the inning. Brandon Miller then came in for Lynchburg and struck out two batters, but Wiles blasted a bases clearing double to put the Tigers up 8-6.
The Hornets responded, however, in the top of the ninth with two runs to extend the game into the bottom of the ninth. After Miller got out of the ninth unscathed, the Hornets tacked on two more in the top of the tenth.
Lewis drove in Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) in the tenth, but Colton Steber recorded the final out, picking up the save for Lynchburg.
Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) went five strong on the mound, allowing four runs – two earned – on eight hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts. Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in three innings. Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) was the pitcher of decision, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in two innings.
Lynchburg's Zac Patrick allowed four runs on eight hits in his seven innings.
Each team tallied 16 hits with Wiles, Lewis, and Hamlett all recording three for the Tigers. Wiles also batted in a game-high four runs.
Hampden-Sydney will hit the road for its next game as the Tigers face Guilford College in a Saturday (3/29) double header beginning at noon.