HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team returned to the win column, scoring a 2-1 comeback win over arch-rival Randolph-Macon. The Tigers now improve to 14-10 on the season and 3-3 in conference, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in ODAC play.
Both pitching staffs gave strong performances, allowing a combined 13 hits and three runs.
Randolph-Macon scored its run early, driving it in with two outs in the top of the first inning.
The Tigers looked like they were going to return the favor in the bottom frame when they loaded the bases, but a double play kept them from scoring.
After two and a half scoreless innings, the Tigers were able to drive in the go-ahead run with Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski) scoring on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.
Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) then capped off his three shutout innings by retiring all three batters with two strikeouts in the ninth. Triesler picked up the win while giving up just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
Jimmy Butler (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) had a strong start, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
Offensively, the Tigers had seven hits to Randolph-Macon's six. Blevins and Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) both led the way with two.
Hampden-Sydney will return to action Saturday, April 1 as the Tigers travel to Salem to face Roanoke College in a double header. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.