HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Senior third baseman Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) went 3-for-5 in the Tigers' 3-2 loss to Virginia Wesleyan, breaking the school record for career hits with 172 to his name. Hampden-Sydney stands at 23-13 overall and 7-10 in conference, and the Tigers will wrap up their home season tomorrow at 4:00 PM as they host Randolph-Macon. The Marlins improve to 13-21 on the season and 7-11 in conference.
Both Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) and Alex Tucci were solid to start, bending but not breaking with a 0-0 tie through four and a half innings. The two teams combined to strand ten runners during the stretch, but both pitchers were able to remain unscathed.
The Tigers were able to cross the plate, however, in the fifth scoring two runs. Lewis hit his 171th career hit with two outs, and was brought home when Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) used an RBI-double to extend his hit streak to 31. Hamlett then crossed the plate on a passed ball, followed by a throwing error by the Marlins' catcher.
The Marlins fired right back in the top of the sixth with a run of their own to make it a 2-1 game.
Virginia Wesleyan then added one more in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless eighth, the Marlins kept their momentum in the ninth, scoring the go ahead run on a Zach Bach RBI-double.
West went six innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) drops to 3-3, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with a strikeout.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround and will host Randolph-Macon tomorrow, April 17, at 4:00 PM.