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Bats Stay Alive, Tigers Win 12-7 in Slugfest

Spencer Wiles

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Tiger baseball team remained hot at the plate, using 14 hits to win its fourth straight game in a 12-7 decision over Moravian in the second day of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-2 on the season while the Greyhounds fall to 1-1. Both teams will play tomorrow in the final day of the Wilcox Tournament. Moravian will face Keystone at 11:00 AM, and the Tigers will finish the three-day event against Wesley at 3:00 PM.

Sophomore Teddy West (Lanexa, VA/Warhill) improves to 2-0 on the year, going seven innings on the bump. He allowed five runs, three earned, on nine hits while striking out two.

Two of West's surrendered runs came in the top of the first inning, giving Moravian the early 2-0 lead. West then shut down the Greyhound bats over the next three innings, allowing the Tigers to strike.

In the bottom of the third, Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) led off with a double and was later batted in on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) RBI-single.

Wiles helped give the Tigers the lead in the fourth, hitting a two-run homerun after Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) batted in Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) on a double. Lewis also doubled in the inning to score Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and put the Tigers up 5-1.

The Tigers did not stop in the fourth, scoring three more in the fifth with Hamlett and Lewis each batting in runs and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) scoring on an error.

Runs from Moravian in the fifth and sixth kept the Greyhounds in the game at 8-4, but the Tigers exploded again in the sixth, tacking on four more runs. Chamberlin batted in Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) with a double, and then Chamberlin was batted in on a Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) RBI-single. Birnbaum scored later on a Hamlett RBI, and Wiles added on one more when he took off for home as Hamlett was caught in a rundown.

Moravian scored one run in each of the final three innings, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

The Tigers recorded 14 hits to Moravian's 15. Wiles was a perfect 3-for-3 with four runs and two RBI with a homerun and a double. Hamlett and Lewis both went 3-for-5 and combined for five RBI and one run.

Hampden-Sydney remains at home and returns to action tomorrow afternoon, facing Wesley at 3:00 PM in the final game of the seventh annual Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament.

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