VIRGINIA BEACH, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers had a big day at the plate, using 12 runs on 16 hits to take a 12-4 decision over Virginia Wesleyan. With the victory, the Tigers improve to 22-11 on the season and 6-8 in ODAC play. The Marlins drop to 11-18 overall and 5-9 in conference.
Hampden-Sydney scored early and often, putting eight runs on the board over the first four innings, including a four run third to jump out to a commanding lead.
The Tigers started in the top of the first, using a Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) sacrifice fly to score Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point). Wiles then batted in Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) in the second with a single to put the Tigers up 2-0.
Elliott batted in one more in the fourth, scoring Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) on a sacrifice fly. Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) also drove in Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) to put the Tigers up 8-0.
The Marlins broke their drought in the fifth, and after a homerun from Casey King and a three-RBI double from Brandon Lineberry, the Tiger lead was cut in half to 8-4.
Hampden-Sydney responded in the eighth, scoring three more runs with Tucker driving in two and Carneal driving in one to claim an 11-4 lead.
Gray added one more for the Tigers in the ninth, batting in Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville).
Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) picked up the win, after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on seven hits and one walk with a strikeout. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) pitched the final 2.2 innings, holding the Marlins scoreless on just one hit with two strikeouts.
Virginia Wesleyan's Will Hickey took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in 2.1 innings pitched.
At the plate, Gray and Tucker both had three hits while Gray scored three and Tucker batted in four. Carneal, Chamberlin, and Lewis all had two hits; Hamlett recorded a hit for the 28 time to up his current hit streak.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Saturday, April 12, as the Tigers host Washington & Lee at 12:00 pm for a double header on senior day.