ASHLAND, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers fell 4-3 at Randolph-Macon in a close fought game. Junior Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) extended his school-record hit streak to 25 with a 2-for-5 day at the plate. Hampden-Sydney now drops to 21-9 overall and 5-6 in the ODAC. Randolph-Macon improves to 13-9 overall and 8-3 in conference.
Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) wasted no time getting the Tigers on the scoreboard, leading off the game with a homerun.
Randolph-Macon, however, responded with a run in the bottom of the frame with Nate Meiners driving in Travis Lodge.
Just as they did before, the Yellow Jackets responded soon after with two runs in fourth to take a 3-2 lead.
After Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) and Jamie Hendrick combined to pitch three scoreless innings, the Tigers struck in the eighth and tied the game on a Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) score.
The Jackets fired right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, and after Nicholas Maiolo used a sacrifice fly to score Meiners, Randolph-Macon held a 4-3 lead.
Glenn McLaughlin took the mound and preserved the lead, picking up the save in the ninth.
Hampden-Sydney recorded ten hits to Randolph-Macon's seven. Lewis led the way, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
West went seven strong innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) pitched one innings, allowing one run on one hit.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action this Saturday, as the Tigers host Bridgewater in a double header beginning at 12:00 pm.