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Baseball Weekly Preview: March 24-March 30

Baseball Weekly Preview: March 24-March 30

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers vs. Lynchburg • Wednesday • 3:30 PM
Tigers at Guilford • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers at Guilford • Saturday • 3:00 PM

 

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

Hampden-Sydney, five spots out of D3baseball.com's Top-25 as of March 23, enters this week at 19-6 overall and 3-3 in ODAC play after going 4-1 in last week's competition. The Tigers captured a big win over Frostburg State, a team receiving votes in the Top-25, as well as two crucial conference wins with a Saturday sweep over Eastern Mennonite. This week, the Tigers get back to ODAC play after a Sunday double header against Stevenson with three conference games. The team starts its week at home on Wednesday with a single game match up against Lynchburg College. The Tigers will then play two on the road, heading to Guilford College for a Saturday double header.  

As a team, the Tigers are batting .333 while leading the league with 212 runs, 185 runs batted in, 290 hits, and 69 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's nine homeruns rank sixth, and its four triples rank ninth.

Spencer Wiles, who leads the nation in doubles, boasts a .451 batting average with team-highs in hits (41), doubles (41), and runs (35). Hunter Lewis upped his batting average to .400 on the year after back-to-back hot weeks, going 11-for-20 (.550) and 6-for-13 (.462). Jeff Gray (.340; 32 H; 22 R) leads the team with 24 runs-batted-in after knocking in nine in the Tigers' five games last week. 

On the mound, the staff posts a 4.24 ERA. Freshman Trevor Otey has a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.48 ERA and is coming off of a victory over Eastern Mennonite. Lewis holds a 5-1 mark and an ODAC-high 46 strikeouts. Teddy West (2-0; 5.34 ERA) and Billy Nixon (1-2; 6.21 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Matt Hinson (3-1; 4.76 ERA) has proven to be a valuable asset in the bullpen with an ODAC-high 11 appearances. 

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

LYNCHBURG (3/26): The Lynchburg Hornets, receiving four votes in the D3baseball.com Top-25 poll, currently rank fifth in the ODAC at 14-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play and are riding a four-game win streak. Offensively, the Hornets are second in the ODAC with a .365 batting average while they lead the league with 12 triples and a .454 on base percentage. They rank third in runs (188) and RBI (164), fourth in doubles (48), and fifth in hits (233). Individually, catcher/outfielder Jay Kenyon and outfielder Lincoln Evans lead the offense with batting averages of .422 and .400, respectively. Second baseman Joe Tomasulo (.377) and shortstop Will Parsons (.385) also hit the ball very well. 

On the mound, Martin Henderlite has started in a team-high six games and posts a 3-0 record to go with a 6.99 ERA. Starter Zac Patrick also has three wins, standing at 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Leading the team in appearances and wins is Brandon Miller; Miller has a 4-3 record with two saves and a 3.15 ERA in nine appearances. As a team, the Hornets' staff has a 5.35 ERA.  

GUILFORD (3/30): The Quakers of Guilford College enter the week at 10-12 overall and 4-4 in ODAC play while currently on a three-game skid. The Quakers play Greensboro on Tuesday and Roanoke on Wednesday before hosting the Tigers for two on Saturday. The Quakers bat .335 as a team and lead the conference in long balls with 19 homeruns. The Quakers have scored 168 runs (5th) and batted in 142 (5th) with 266 hits (4th). First baseman John Macon Smith and third baseman Corey Wallace power the offense with averages of .450 and .379, respectively. They have scored a combined 46 runs and batted in 50, while Wallace has six homeruns, three triples, and two doubles. Designated hitter Nathan Fulbright boasts a .378 average.

On the mound, the Quakers rank ninth in the league with a 6.16 team ERA. Borja Jones-Berasaluce has started in a team-high eight games with a 2-2 record and 5.75 ERA. Drew Crawford (2-3; 5.60 ERA) and Justin Morrison (2-1; 2 saves; 6.75 ERA) both have two wins as well.  

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