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Baseball Weekly Preview: February 24-March 2

Lee Hamlett

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers at Ferrum • Tuesday • 5:00 PM
Tigers vs. Christopher Newport • Thursday • 3:00 PM
Tigers vs. Southern Virginia • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers vs. Southern Virginia • Saturday • 3:00 PM 

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney enters this week at 7-2 overall while riding a five game winning streak. The Tigers have been hot at the plate, scoring 41 runs in the last four games. The Tigers swept the competition in the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament, including a 9-4 win over #17 Keystone. This week, the Tigers will step away from home for the first time since February 6 with a Tuesday evening match up at Ferrum. The team will then return home for three straight with a Thursday game against Christopher Newport and a Saturday double header against Southern Virginia.

As a team, the Tigers are batting .313 from the plate and averaging 7.3 runs-per-game on 10.2 hits-per-game. Spencer Wiles and John Lloyd currently lead the team with 13 hits each, while Wiles is batting .448 and Lloyd .394. Wiles had a monster week last week, going 8-for-15 with eight runs, five RBI, three doubles, and one homerun. 

Hunter Lewis is also hitting well, batting .324 and leading the team with ten RBI. Christian Hamlett has driven in seven runs while scoring five of his own, batting .323. 

On the mound, the staff posts a 2.76 ERA. Teddy West, Trevor Otey, and Lewis all have 2-0 records in four appearances each. West and Lewis both lead the team with 15.0 innings of work and each has a 1.80 ERA. Impressively, Lewis has struck out 22 batters while walking just two. Out of the bullpen, Matt Hinson has appeared a team-high five times, posting a 1-1 record and 1.12 ERA in eight innings pitched.  

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

FERRUM (2/25): The Ferrum Panthers enter the week at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the USA South with their only loss coming 8-2 to Hampden-Sydney on February 10. The Panthers had an offensive outburst this past weekend, sweeping Greensboro 13-10 and 25-1. The two teams will meet again on Monday at Greensboro before the Tigers travel to Ferrum on Tuesday. As a team, the Panthers are batting .317, while scoring ten runs-per-game on 10.2 hits-per-game. Leading the offense is senior outfielder Justin Cox, who is batting .471 with eight hits, eight runs, six RBI, one double and one homerun. Hank Parsley and Taryn Hayden have also started all five games and have high batting averages, hitting .357 and .316, respectively. The Panthers have hit 14 doubles, two triples, and two homeruns. On the mound, the team posts a 2.70 ERA. Dillon Weaver and Jake Perkins have seen the most action with six appearances and four starts between the two. Weaver is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 12.0 innings pitched. Perkins has an impressive 22 strikeouts in 14.2 innings to go with a 1-1 record and 3.68 ERA in three starts. 

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (2/27): The Christopher Newport Captains enter this week at 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the USA South. The Captains downed the Tigers in their season opener 3-2 in 12 innings, but lost four straight games after that. They have recently rebounded, though, with a sweep of Rutgers-Newark, winning 5-0 and 9-2. Before the Tigers host Christopher Newport on Thursday, the Captains will host Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday. Despite their losing record, the Captains hit the ball well with a team average of .300, scoring 5.7 runs-per-game on 9.7 hits-per-game. Billy Steel leads the bunch with a .444 average while Tommy Vitaletti and Justin Weaver post averages of .385 and .360, respectively. The team's pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.92 and are led by Bryan Bierlein (2.12 ERA, 1-1). 

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA (3/1): Southern Virginia enters the week at 0-4 on the season, having been swept by Ferrum (3-0, 7-1) and Montreat (9-1, 3-2). The Knights face Washington & Lee before the Tigers. The team is batting just .144 as a team with four players recording four hits. The pitching staff has a combined 6.00 ERA, and five pitchers have seen action. 

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