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Baseball Weekly Preview: March 31-April 6

Baseball Weekly Preview: March 31-April 6

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers at Lynchburg • Tuesday • 3:00 PM
Tigers at Randolph-Macon • Wednesday • 3:30 PM

Tigers vs. Bridgewater • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers vs. Bridgewater • 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 21-7 overall and 5-4 in ODAC play after going 2-1 in last week's competition. Ater the Tigers took a tough 10-9 loss in ten innings to Lynchburg, the team rebounded on Sunday with a key ODAC sweep of Guilford, winning 5-4 in ten innings and 15-4. Hampden-Sydney will look to keep that momentum going this week, with a rematch with the Horents along with big games against Randolph-Macon and Bridgewater. The Tigers will hit the road to face Lynchburg and the Yellow Jackets before returning to Ty Cobb Ballpark to host Bridgewater for two on Saturday.   

As a team, the Tigers are batting .339 while leading the league with 213 runs batted in, 340 hits, and 74 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's 241 runs rank second, its six triples rank fifth, its nine homeruns rank seventh.

Spencer Wiles, who leads the nation in doubles and runs, boasts a team-high .449 batting average with team-highs in hits (48), doubles (19), and runs (38). Reggie Johnson and Hunter Lewis also have batting averages of at least .400, with Johnson going .444 and Lewis .400.  Last week, Nathan Chamberlin batted .583 (7-12), Lee Carneal batted .562 (9-16), and Christian Hamlett batted .467 (7-16). 

On the mound, the staff posts a 4.29 ERA. Freshman Trevor Otey has a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.50 ERA. Lewis holds a 6-1 mark and an ODAC-high 51 strikeouts while picking up a win on the mound against Guilford. Teddy West (2-0; 5.09 ERA) and Billy Nixon (2-2; 6.17 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Matt Hinson (3-1; 4.63 ERA) has proven to be a valuable asset in the bullpen with an ODAC-high 12 appearances. 

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS

LYNCHBURG (4/1): The Lynchburg Hornets, receiving four votes in the D3baseball.com Top-25 poll, currently rank fourth in the ODAC at 15-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play and are riding a five-game win streak, including a 10-9 victory over the Tigers last week. Offensively, the Hornets are second in the ODAC with a .366 batting average while they lead the league with 12 triples and a .454 on base percentage. Individually, first baseman Dustin Arrowood and catcher Rob Tomasulo lead the offense with batting averages of .442 and .426, respectively. 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 4.00 ERA. As a team, the Hornets' staff has a 5.52 ERA.  

RANDOLPH-MACON (4/2): The Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College enter the week in second place in the ODAC with a 12-8 overall record and 7-2 conference mark. As a team, Randolph-Macon has scored 143 runs (7.2 per-game) on 207 hits (10.4 pg). The team does well on the base paths, ranking second in the league with 44 stolen bases. While the Jackets hit .300 as a team, junior Nate Meiners is fourth in the ODAC with a .446 batting average. Nicholas Maiolo also has a good bat, hitting .385 in his 17 games.  On the mound, the pitching staff has a 3.73 ERA; in conference play, Randolph-Macon leads the league with a 2.70 ERA in its nine games. Daniel Byrd (3-2; 4.07 ERA) and Jamie Hendrick (4-1; 3.96 ERA) both help lead the staff. 

BRIDGEWATER (4/5): The Bridgewater Eagles currently stand third in the ODAC at 14-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play. As a team, the Eagles bat .288 with 126 runs scored (6.0 per-game) and 208 hits (9.9 per-game). Individually, Brendan Howell (.341; 19 RBI), Justin Petock (.328), and Nick Fulk (.306; 19 R) lead the offense. On the bump, the Eagles lead the league in batting average against (.231) and rank second in team ERA (2.72). Corey Armentrout has a team-high four wins, boasting a 4-2 record with a 2.97 ERA. Nick Corbin and Kyle Henshaw each have 3-1 records, while Corbin has a 2.57 ERA and Henshaw owns a 1.29 mark.

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