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Tigers Sweep Guilford in ODAC Doubleheader

Lee Carneal

GREENSBORO, NC-Hampden-Sydney claimed a big sweep of ODAC-foe Guilford College on Sunday, defeating the Quakers by scores of 5-4 in ten innings, and 15-4 to improve to 21-7 on the season and 5-4 in ODAC play. The Quakers drop to 11-15 overall and 4-7 in conference.

Game one started with Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) and Borja Jones-Berasaluce controlling the mound, and holding the game tied at 0-0 through the first three innings.

The Tigers were the first to crack the tie in the fourth with Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) reaching on a double and eventually scoring on a Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) walk with the bases loaded.

The Quakers tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth with John Macon Smith scoring Kyle Humphrey on a sacrifice fly.

Hampden-Sydney fired right back in the sixth with Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) driving in Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan), but Guilford again tied the game in the bottom of the frame, this time on a Corey Wallace leadoff homerun.

After two scoreless innings, the Tigers took the lead back, scoring two in the top of the ninth with Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) batting in Carneal and Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) batting in Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River).

The Quakers, however, did what they had done the entire game, and matched the Tigers run for run with two in the bottom of the frame, extending the game.

It was the Tigers, though, who scored the final run, with Elliott driving in Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) before Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) kept Guilford off the board and picked up the win.

Nixon went three innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts. Otey allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

The Tigers tallied 12 hits with Chamberlin, Carneal and Tucker all recording two.

The second game of the day was a better offensive showing for the Tigers as Hampden-Sydney started off the game with four runs in the first, highlighted by a two-RBI triple from Hamlett.

Hamlett later scored on a Chamberlin RBI in the third to put the Tigers up 5-3.

The Tigers pushed the lead again in the sixth, using six hits and two errors to score seven runs in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Wiles drove a run in to start the scoring, and then Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) had a two-RBI single that caused an error to score one more. Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) was able to bring in Lewis on a sacrifice fly, and then Chamberlin scored Hamlett again before being driven in by Carneal.

Hampden-Sydney continued to swing the bat in the seventh, adding three more runs as Rogers, John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run), and Chamberlin each drove in one run.

Lewis picked up the win in game two after pitching six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Offensively, the Tigers tallied 22 hits behind a 5-for-6 performance from Carneal. Wiles, Hamlett, and Chamberlin each had three hits, while Hamlett scored a team-high four runs.

Hampden-Sydney remains on the road as the Tigers will face Lynchburg on Tuesday, April 1 at 3:00 pm.

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