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Tigers Improve Streak to Three, Sweep Wasps

Lee Hamlett

EMORY, VA-Hampden-Sydney baseball ended its ODAC slate on a strong note, taking decisions of 5-4 and 9-4 to sweep Emory and Henry to finish 10-10 in conference. The Tigers improve to 26-13 overall. Emory & Henry drops to 9-27 overall and 5-15 in conference play.

The Tigers trailed for much of game one, but two big runs in the top of the ninth helped lift Hampden-Sydney to a 5-4 victory.

The Wasps knocked one in in the bottom of the first, but the Tigers responded in the third, scoring two on RBI from Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle).

That lead was short lived, however, as the Wasps scored two in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the sixth to go up 4-2.

A Kyle Lung (Williamsburg, VA/Mary Washington) RBI-single scored Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) in the seventh to cut the Tiger deficit to one.

Tucker later batted in Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) with an RBI-single in the ninth to tie the game. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) then drove in the go ahead run, scoring Lung to put the Tigers up 5-4.

Dylan Gonzales (Richmond, VA/Bridgewater) picked up the save, pitching a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) was the winning pitched, throwing two scoreless, allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) pitched the first six, allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

The team tallied 11 hits, including three from Carneal and two from Hamlett, Tucker, Lung, and Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls).

The Tigers led throughout in game two, scoring consistently with one run in each of the first six innings.

Lewis on the mound held the Wasps to two runs in each to the third and sixth to preserve the 6-4 lead.

Hampden-Sydney added insurance runs in the eighth, with Carneal driving in two and Spencer Wiles (South Point, NC/Belmont) drove in one.

The Tigers knocked 16 hits, with Hamlett going 4-for-6 and extending his hit streak to 33. Lewis went 3-for-5, while also pitching seven innings.

Hampden-Sydney wraps up the regular season on Monday, April 21 as the Tigers travel to Greensboro. First pitch is slated for 4:00 PM.

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