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Tigers Split Sunday Double Header with Stevenson

Garrett Birnbaum

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA- The Hampden-Sydney baseball team wrapped up its week with a 4-1 record after splitting a Sunday double header with Stevenson University. With an 18-3 victory and 6-3 loss, the Tigers stand at 19-6 overall and 3-3 in ODAC play. The Mustangs now stand at 7-6 overall.

Despite giving up a run in the first inning, the Tigers dominated the first game, and it started with six hits in the bottom of the second to explode to a 7-1 lead. Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) recorded two hits in the inning while batting in a run. Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) and Kyle Lung (Williamsburg, VA/Mary Washington) each batted in two runs during the stretch, and Jeff Decker (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) also batted in one each.

The Tigers kept the momentum going into the third with another big inning, this one going for eight runs. The first eight batters for Hampden-Sydney were able to reach base safely before the first out was made, and for the inning the Tigers notched five hits, drew four walks and were benefitted by one error. Carneal and Decker both drew walks to drive in runs; Rogers batted in two on a single and a fielder's choice; Jack Elliot (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) batted in two with a double; Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) used a fielder's choice to bat in Decker; and Elliot scored on an error.

Hampden-Sydney remained hot despite a two-hour rain delay, coming back in the fourth to score two more runs behind a Birnbaum two-RBI double.

The Tigers managed one more run in the game, scoring in the fifth as Elliot used a sacrifice fly to bring in Ryan O'Hara (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond River).

On the mound, Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) picked up the win after allowing one run on seven hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

At the plate, the Tigers tallied 19 hits, including three from Decker, Birnbaum and Lung.

Game two started the same as the first with Stevenson getting on the board early with a run in the first.

The similarity stopped there, however, as Stevenson's Jordan Szarko held strong on the mound, and it was Stevenson who scored two in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers did respond in the bottom of the frame with John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) batting in Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby).

The Mustangs kept their bats going, adding three more runs in the fourth to go up 6-2.

Gray batted in Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) in the fifth to bring the Tigers within three at 6-3.

Stevenson's Arik Fenstermacher picked up the save after pitching two shutout innings.

The Tigers tallied seven hits to Stevenson's ten. Hamlett, Lewis, and O'Hara all had two hits.

The Tigers remain at home, returning to action Wednesday, March 26 as they host the Lynchburg Hornets at 3:30 pm.

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