HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team stayed hot in the first game of the seventh annual Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament, defeating #17 Keystone 9-4 for the team's third straight win. With the victory, the Tigers improve to 5-2 on the season, while Keystone falls to 0-1. Both teams will play tomorrow, with the Tigers facing off against Moravian at 11:00 AM, and the Giants seeing Wesley at 3:00 PM in the second day of the Wilcox Tournament.
Hampden-Sydney took a big lead in the second inning, thanks in part to Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) both going deep and giving the Tigers three runs on homeruns. Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) also hit his second double of the season to drive in Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle).
Keystone hit the board in the sixth by stringing together four straight hits that led to Chris Bzozowski batting in Kevin Catherina with an RBI-double, and then Dan Denton batting in Bzozowski and Rick McLaughin on a single to put the Giants within one at 4-3. Later in the inning, Keystone tied the game with a two-out RBI-single from Lymble Guerrero.
Chamberlin hit his second double of the day in the bottom of the seventh, and Johnson followed him up with an RBI-single to give the Tigers the lead back at 5-4. Back-to-back hits from Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) helped three more runs cross the plate and up the lead to 8-4. Before the inning was over, the Tigers tacked on one more with John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) scoring Lewis on a sacrifice fly.
As a team, the Tigers tallied ten hits. Chamberlin went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI. Johnson and Gray each recorded two hits while Johnson batted in three and scored another two. Each had a homerun, and Gray added a double.
On the mound, Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) went the first six innings, and was nearly unhittable through the first five, allowing no runs and just one hit. Overall, he struck out four while allowing six hits, one walk, and four runs. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) picked up the win after pitching two shutout innings, surrendering no hits and striking out one. Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) closed it out in the ninth, retiring the side with three strikeouts.
Hampden-Sydney remains at home and will face Moravian tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM.