GREENSBORO, NC-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team wrapped up conference play with a sweep over Guilford College, securing the Tigers the fifth seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament. The Tigers took wins of 11-1 and 7-2 to improve to 17-18 overall and finish the conference slate at 10-10. Guilford drops to 20-18-1 overall and 8-12 in the ODAC. Prior to its trip to the ODAC Tournament, the Tigers will wrap up the regular season Sunday, April 29 as travel to Frostburg State. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM. The Tigers will meet fourth-seeded Shenandoah in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament, and full details are to come.
The Tigers dominated game one from start to finish, beginning in the first with a two-RBI single from Devin Daugherty (Norcross, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian) that scored Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) and Moe Gothe (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale). Daugherty and Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) then scored with Matthew Spagnolo (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski) batting them in.
Gothe batted in two runs while also scoring one of his own in the fourth as part of a four run inning to go up 8-0. Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) and Jacob Bartlett (Chesterfield, VA/Matoaca) scored on the Gothe double, and Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) scored on an RBI-single from Triesler.
Triesler struck again in the fifth, driving in Maitland and Bartlett on a two-RBI double, to put the Tigers up 10-0. Triesler then scored on a wild pitch in the next inning to score the Tigers' final run.
Guilford was able to break up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the eighth.
On the mound, Harrison Moncure (Glen Allen, VA/Mills Godwin) had a strong outing, allowing just one run in 7.2 innings while limiting the Quakers to three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Trent Jacobs (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) closed out the final inning and a third, giving up just one hit and two walks.
Offensively, the Tigers had 11 hits with Triesler going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Gothe went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
The offense slowed for the first two innings of game two, but Daugherty again started the Tiger scoring with a homerun in the third innings.
The Quakers tied the game, but Counts put the Tigers back up, scoring on a Spagnolo sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Guilford would again tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but it would be all Tigers from there. Kasiski hit a double in the sixth to score Triesler and give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Gothe and Kasiski would also score in the inning to push the lead to 5-2.
The Tigers added two runs in the ninth, with Spagnolo batting in Blevins and then scoring on a sacrifice fly from Triesler.
Nic Graziano (Virginia Beach, VA/First Colonial) picked up the win after throwing five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) pitched three shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, and Bradford Webb (Charlotte Court House, VA/Randolph-Henry) pitched a perfect ninth.
Offensively the team had 12 hits to Guilford's five. Daugherty went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
The Tigers will wrap up the regular season Sunday, April 29 as travel to Frostburg State. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM.