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Errors Play Key Role in Baseball Double Header Split with Roanoke

Nathan Chamberlin
Nathan Chamberlin

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The Hampden-Sydney Baseball team came away with a double header split with Roanoke College, losing the first game 13-6 while winning the second 12-2.

Hampden-Sydney got off to a great start in game one when a Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA / Virginia Wesleyan) three-run homer plated Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) and Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC / South Point) in the bottom of the first inning. A Kevin Oakey double scored Will Decker in the top of the second for the Maroons, and they tied it at 3-3 in the third following an error by the shortstop sent home the second run along with a passed ball enabling the game-tying score. H-SC regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Chamberlin hit another homerun, this time a two-run shot to score Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA / Menchville).

Roanoke took control of the first game in the sixth inning and did all their damage with two outs after two of the first three batters grounded out and struck out. Jacob Clifton singled and stole second prior to Will Decker striking out for the second out of the inning. Kevin Oakey followed with a walk, then Dan Irwin singled to send home Clifton, giving the Maroons runners on first and second, and Hayden Lee followed with a single to load the bases. Another Tigers error on the next at bat scored two more Roanoke runs, and with runners on second and third, a Bradley Mattox single plated two more Maroons to make it 8-5 after 5.5 innings.

A Wiles single in the bottom of the sixth drove in the last run of the game for H-SC as Roanoke would go on to score five more.

The second game looked to be a lower scoring affair in the early going. A Hamlett triple in the bottom of the first scored Wiles, but a Collier Donald fielder's choice allowed Devin Cassity to tie the game in the third. Hampden-Sydney took back the lead in their half of the inning when a single and three hits by pitch in four batters faced gave Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) a painful RBI. Roanoke would once again tie the game in the fifth off a Will Black single.

Hampden-Sydney regained the lead and momentum in the bottom of the fifth when a Gray two-run homerun put H-SC ahead for good at 4-2. The Tigers weren't done there as they poured in seven runs in the sixth inning as three Maroon errors in the inning proved to be their downfall, resulting in three unearned runs.

Chamberlin combined for three runs, six RBI, and two homeruns while Gray went 5-9 with three runs and two RBI. Wiles recorded five hits in eight at bats with four runs and one RBI, and Hamlett went 4-for-8 at the plate with four runs and three RBI. Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA / Menchville) pitched a complete game in the second game, allowing eight hits and just one earned run with no walks.

Hampden-Sydney goes down south this week for Spring Break. Their first game is tomorrow at 7 pm vs. Wabash College in Demorest, GA. Wabash is just one of three four-year all-male colleges in the USA.

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