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Tigers Fall in Tourney Heartbreaker, 4-3 to Macon in 11

Hunter Lewis

LYNCHBURG, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team took a heartbreaking 4-3 elimination loss to second seeded Randolph-Macon in 11 innings in the second day of the 2014 ODAC Baseball Tournament. The Tigers exit the tournament at 27-15 on the season. Randolph-Macon improves to 23-14.

Senior Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) pitched an outstanding game, going eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Dylan Gonzales (Richmond, VA/Bridgewater) took the loss, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks.

The Tigers started the game with a bang, as the first three batters all reached safely on bunts. Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) used a sacrifice fly to score Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point), and Lewis scored on an RBI-single from Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan).

Neither team could score until Randolph-Macon's Christian Sanderson crossed the plate in the fifth on a Stuart Brown RBI-double.

Hampden-Sydney reclaimed its two-run lead, going up 3-1 in the seventh with Wiles batting in Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls).

After a scoreless eighth, Randolph-Macon was down to its final three outs, facing elimination, down 3-1. Mitchell Keeler led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and was brought around on a Sid Harvey RBI-double. The Jackets loaded the bases, but Gonzales allowed only one, pitching out of the jam and keeping the Tigers alive with the game tied 3-3.

Randolph-Macon got runners on first and second in the tenth, but Gonzales again pitched out of it, forcing the game to go into the 11th.

Austin Bain pitched well in the tenth and 11th for the Jackets, allowing just one hit and one walk with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the 11th, Lonnie Dillard led off with a walk, and then was batted over on a sacrifice bunt. After Travis Lodge was intentionally walked, Jordan Schmeer stepped up and hit the walk off single for the win.

Wiles led the Tiger offense with a 3-for-5 day with a run batted in and a run scored.

The Tigers had a record setting season, tying a program high 27 wins. Wiles broke records for hits (65) and doubles (22) in a single season; Lewis broke the career record for hits, standing now with 179 after going 2-for-5 against Randolph-Macon; and Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) shattered the school record for consecutive games with a hit, going 35 straight games from February 10 to April 21.  

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