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Baseball Weekly Preview (4/9-4/15)

Dalton Renick

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney, standing at 10-19 overall and 5-6 in the ODAC, is fresh off of an 8-3 victory over ODAC-foe Roanoke College and will compete in four games this week - the penultimate week in the regular season. The Tigers begin their week on the road against Averett (22-16, 5-7 USA South) on Monday evening, and then return home to host the Hornets of Lynchburg College (26-6, 11-2 ODAC) on Wednesday, April 11. Hampden-Sydney wraps up the week with an ODAC double header against arch-rival Randolph-Macon (14-15-1, 7-6 ODAC) on Saturday in Ashland. To preview each contest before first pitch is thrown, check out the Hampden-Sydney baseball game notes by clicking here.

Monday at Averett: The Tigers will meet Averett in Danville to kick off the week. Last season, Hampden-Sydney faced the Cougars three times, taking two victories though falling at Owen-Fulton Field. This season, Averett boasts a 22-16 overall record but stands at sixth in the USA South with a 5-7 conference mark. The Cougars have been solid at home this season, posting a 15-6 record. Offensively, they are batting .291 as a team while being led by James Carter's .379 batting average. Kyle Newcomb has also been a solid presence, batting .338 while batting in a team-high 36 runs. On the mound, the Cougars boast a 4.43 ERA behind Tyler Muench's 5-1 record in eight starts.

Wednesday vs. Lynchburg: The Tigers return home on Wednesday to face ODAC-foe Lynchburg for the second time this season and first at Ty Cobb Ballpark. In the first meeting, on April 3, the Hornets took a 3-0 decision behind seven shutout innings from Michael Mansfield. The Hornets sit a top the ODAC standings with an 11-2 conference mark to go with an impressive 26-6 overall record. Behind Dan Savage's .425 batting average and a combined 10-0 record from Brandon Miller (six wins) and Robert Garrett (four wins), Lynchburg is currently riding a 12-game winning streak.

Saturday at Randolph-Macon: Arch-rival Randolph-Macon will host the Tigers to wrap up the week. The Yellow Jackets sit in fifth place with a 7-6 ODAC record and 14-15-1 overall mark. The club is currently on a three-game skid and will face Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday before hosting the Tigers. Randolph-Macon, batting .284 as a team, is led by Preseason All-American Jordan Walton. The senior is third in the ODAC with a .425 average, and the 2011 ABCA First Team All-American hit a nation-leading and ODAC-record 84 hits last season. On the bump, the Jackets are posting an ERA of 5.07 while striking out just under five batters-per-game.

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