HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After a split match up with the Mustangs of Stevenson University, the Hampden-Sydney baseball Tigers sit a 3-2 on the season with the Mustangs beginning their season at 1-1. Hampden-Sydney took the first game 5-1 but fell 5-4 in extra innings in the second match up.
In the first game of the day, junior Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits in five innings. Freshman Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) then pitched two shutout innings to close out the game.
After three scoreless innings, the Tigers were the first to strike as Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) batted in Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen. VA/Deep Run) to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Stevenson tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth with a run, but the Tigers exploded for four runs on five hits in the bottom half of the inning. Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover) and Christian Clifton (Danville, VA/George Washington) all batted in runs. Hamlett also scored a run along with Herrmann and Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex).
In the second game, Stevenson scored a run in both the second and third inning, but Wind knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third with a two run homer.
Stevenson reclaimed the lead with a run in the fourth, but the Tigers again responded as Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) batted in Herrmann.
The Mustangs, however, scored another run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead.
The back-and-forth battle continued into extra innings, as Stevenson scored one run in the top of the eighth to go back up 5-4. The Tigers, were not able to respond and split the day 1-1.
Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) took the loss while Pat Quinn picked up the win for Stevenson. Whitaker now stands at 1-1 on the season.
On the day, Herrmann went 4-for-7 with three runs, and Wind recorded two hits, two RBI, and two runs. Brownell was also solid offensively with three hits in seven at bats.
Hampden-Sydney remains at home and returns to action Friday, February 17 as it hosts Southern Virginia at 3:00 pm.