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Baseball Weekly Preview: April 14-20

Jackson Rogers

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers vs. Virginia Wesleyan • Wednesday • 4:00 PM
Tigers vs. Randolph-Macon • Thursday • 4:00 PM

Tigers at Emory & Henry • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers at Emory & Henry • Saturday • 3:00 PM

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney, receiving four votes in the D3baseball.com's Top-25 as of April 6, enters this week at 23-12 overall and 7-9 in ODAC play having gone 2-1 over the past week. This week, the Tigers will wrap up the ODAC regular season with its final four conference games, first hosting Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday and Randolph-Macon on Thursday. The team will then hit the road to face the Wasps of Emory & Henry in a Saturday double header. All four games are crucial, with the top six teams earning a trip to the ODAC Tournament. 

Last week, Christian Hamlett upped his record breaking hit streak to 30 games, while Hunter Lewis recorded four hits, putting him one away from tying the school record of 170 career knocks.

As a team, the Tigers are batting .330 while standing second in the league in runs (281), runs batted in (248), and doubles (83); and fourth in hits (413).

Spencer Wiles, who leads the nation in runs and is second in doubles, boasts a team-high .394 batting average with team-highs in hits (54), doubles (20), and runs (44). 

On the mound, the staff posts a 4.51 ERA. Freshman Trevor Otey has a 5-1 record with a 3.19 ERA. Lewis holds a 7-2 mark and 4.42 ERA to go with an ODAC-high 60 strikeouts. Teddy West (2-0; 4.89 ERA) and Reggie Johnson (3-1; 2.36 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Matt Hinson (3-2; 3.86 ERA) has proven to be a valuable asset in the bullpen with an ODAC-high 16 appearances. Billy Nixon provides depth in the pen, moving from the starting rotation to make seven appearances in relief.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (4/15): The Virginia Wesleyan Marlins currently stand at 12-20 overall and 6-11 in ODAC play. Virginia Wesleyan is currently on a two-game skid, and will meet Apprentice School on Monday, before heading to Ty Cobb Ballpark on Wendesday. Offensively, the team ranks tenth in the ODAC with a .289 batting average, and the team's 172 runs and 154 runs batted in rank ninth. When the Marlins do hit, they are good at getting in scoring position; they lead the league with 72 stolen bases, and their 59 extra base hits (49 doubles, six triples, four homeruns) rank second in the conference. Leading the offense are Zach Bach (.373; 23 R; 21 RBI), Taylor Erby (.360; 25 RBI), and Brett Sutryk (.359; 31 R). On the mound, the team owns a 6.20 ERA, and Alex Tucci (4-3; 4.79 ERA) leads the team in victories.   

RANDOLPH-MACON (4/17): The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets enter the week at 18-12 overall and 12-5 in ODAC play.  The team is on a two-game win streak and have won five of its last six. The Jackets will play Methodist on Tuesday before facing the Tigers. As a team, the Jackets hit .309 with 236 runs and 326 hits on the year. Nate Meiners paces the offense with a .416 batting average, 42 hits, 33 runs, and 19 RBI. Nicholas Maiolo is also having a great year, batting .381 wth 37 RBI and 26 runs. On the mound, the staff has a 4.38 ERA, and has a league-high 3.81 ERA in conference play. Jamie Hendrick and Daniel Byrd lead the group with five wins each. Hendrick is 5-1 with a 4.39 ERA, and Byrd is 5-2 with a 3.52 ERA.

EMORY & HENRY (4/19): The Wasps of Emory & Henry are 9-22 overall and 5-11 in the ODAC with a busy week ahead, playing Maryville, Ferrum, and Washington & Lee twice before hosting the Tigers on Saturday. As a team, the Wasps bat .260 with 160 runs scored and 264 hits in 31 games. Bransen Christopher leads the team in batting average (.326), hits (42), doubles (9), and triples (4). Connor Wise had batted in a team-high 25 runs with a .297 average, and Caleb Rotten has scored a team-high 24 runs with a .248 average and 15 runs batted in. On the mound, the team has a 7.62 ERA with Ty Hill (3-4; 5.96 ERA) and Matthew McInaw (3-5; 6.88 ERA) both posting a team-high three wins. 

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