HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney had a two-game win streak snapped as the Hornets of Lynchburg College had a booming offensive day in a 16-7 decision in favor of Lynchburg. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 17-13 on the season and 6-6 in ODAC play, while the Hornets improve to 15-16 overall and 5-10 in the ODAC.
Both offenses got off to hot starts; the Hornets opened the game with a triple and drove in three on a three-run homerun from Luke Rodgers.
The Tigers followed that up with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Cody Smith (Bristol, VA/Virginia HS) led off with a single and was later batted in on a Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) RBI-triple. Goodwyn then crossed the plate on an RBI-single from Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski). Blevins and Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) gave the Tigers the lead, rounding the bases on a Lynchburg error.
The lead was short lived as Lynchburg tacked on two more runs in the top of the second, going up 5-4.
Lynchburg quickly took the lead back with two big innings, scoring three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a 12-5 lead.
Moe Gothe (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) scored on a Jacob Fontana (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill) RBI-single in the sixth, but two innings later Lynchburg scored four more to take a 16-6 lead heading into the ninth.
Offensively, the Tigers had 12 hits to Lynchburg's 17. Goodwyn led the way with two hits while ten other players recorded one.
On the mound, Jimmy Butler (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) threw the first two innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with a strikeout. Matthew Metheny (New Kent, VA/New Kent) was the pitcher of decision, allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) surrendered four runs on five hits in an inning, and Cory Childress (Zumi, VA/Windsor) allowed four runs – just two earned – on two hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.
The Tigers return to action Saturday, April 15 as they travel to Winchester, Virginia to face #1 Shenandoah in a double header. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.