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Baseball Weekly Preview: March 10-March 16

Lee Hamlett

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers vs. Wabash (Demorest, GA) • Monday • 7:00 PM
Tigers at LaGrange • Tuesday • 7:00 PM
Tigers at #23 Birmingham Southern • Wednesday • 5:00 PM
Tigers vs. Shenandoah • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers vs. Shenandoah • Saturday • 3:00 PM
Tigers at Marymount • Sunday • 2:30 PM 

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney enters this week at 12-3 overall, coming off a week in which the Tigers only played two games, going 1-1 against Roanoke and snapping a nine game winning streak. The Tigers remain very hot at the plate, however, scoring 18 runs in the two games on 25 hits. This week, Hampden-Sydney will be on the road for four out its six games, coming home for a Saturday double header against Shenandoah. The Tigers begin the week down south, meeting Wabash in Demorest, Georgia on Monday, and then facing LaGrange and Birmingham Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the Tigers' Saturday games, they will hit the road again to face Marymount on Sunday.

As a team, the Tigers are batting .343 while leading the league with 42 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's seven homeruns rank third, and its three triples rank sixth. The Tigers stand third in the league with 244 total bases, 116 runs batted in, and 130 runs. 

Spencer Wiles is on pace to have a monster year, batting .545 with 30 hits, 24 runs, 15 RBI, 11 doubles, and one homerun. Also showing hot bats are Reggie Johnson (.474), John Lloyd (.375), Christian Hamlett (.370), and Jeff Gray (.345). Gray also has nine extra base hits with seven doubles and two longballs. He and Hamlett have both scored 15 runs. Nathan Chamberlin is second on the team in runs (16) with a .289 average and two homers.

On the mound, the staff posts a 3.37 ERA. Hunter Lewis leads the team with a 4-0 mark, 29.0 innings pitched, a 1.55 ERA, and an ODAC-high 32 strikeouts. Trevor Otey has come on strong with a 3-0 record and 2.70 ERA as a rookie. Teddy West (2-0; 4.58 ERA) and Billy Nixon (1-1; 3.13 ERA) round out the starting lineup.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

WABASH (3/10): The Wabash Little Giants enter the week at 3-2 on the season and carry a two-game winning streak into Monday's game. As a team, Wabash is batting .254 while scoring 5.2 runs-per-game. Only five field players have played in every game, with K.J. Zelenika (.333; 6 hits) leading the way. On the bump, the team boasts a 5.23 ERA with a .322 batting average against. Luke Holm is 1-0 with a 0.00 in his one start, and J.T. Miller is the only player to start two games with a 1-0 record and 1.50 ERA. 

LAGRANGE (3/11): The LaGrange Panthers enter the week at 3-10 overall and 1-4 in USA South play. The team is on a three-game skid and will face Ferrum a day before hosting the Tigers. As a team, LaGrange bats .213 with 48 runs and 92 hits. Cain Sauls has a team-high 15 hits to go with a .278 batting average, and Chris Laye has a team-best .281 average. From the mound, the staff has a 4.58 ERA. Zach Tatham (4.58 ERA; 1-2) and Justin Yestrumksy (5.85 ERA; 1-3) each have a team-high four starts.

BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN (3/12): The Birmingham Southern Panthers enter the week ranked 23rd in the nation, standing at 11-2 overall and 5-2 in the SAA. The Panthers bat .279 with 88 runs. The team has much of its success due to a pitching staff that has a combined ERA of 1.15. From the plate, Jacob Mayfield and Matt Brown bat .391 and .318, respectively. Three pitchers have played in at least four games with a sub-one ERA.

SHENANDOAH (3/15): The Shenandoah Hornets enter the week at 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC. The Hornets bat .364 as a team, while boasting an impressive 0.79 ERA on the mound. Vince Claudio has pitched 20.2 innings in three starts and maintains a 0.00 ERA. At the plate, Michael Paul leads the team in almost every category with a .500 average and 14 hits.

MARYMOUNT (3/16): The Marymount Saints, in their first season, enter the week at 4-10 overall and 0-2 in the CAC. The team bats .257 behind the bats of Bret Phillips (.349) and Gnnon White (.346). On the mound, the Saints have a 7.18 ERA with Brandon Orbe (4.21 ERA) and Ben Berczek (3.00 ERA) each posting a team-high two wins. 

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