SALEM, Va. -- Junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen had one hit and two RBIs in the opener, and classmate Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield had three hits in the nightcap, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped both games of its Old Dominion Athletic Conference-opening doubleheader at Roanoke College on Sunday at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark in Salem. Junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield took the pitching setback in game one (4-5, 11 innings), while sophomore Bradford Webb/Charlotte Court House took the mound loss in game two (2-10) for the visiting Tigers (5-6-1, 0-2 ODAC) against the host Maroons (4-6, 2-0 ODAC).
In the opener, H-SC scored four runs on six hits … with two runs in the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth. The Tigers led 4-0 through six innings, 4-1 after seven and 4-3 through eight, before RC tied it with a run in the ninth to force extra innings. Unfortunately, the Maroons plated their winning run in the 11th inning.
In the fifth, Duimstra (1-4, 2 RBIs) provided a two-run single up the middle with one out to score juniors Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen (1-4) and Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (2-4), who had walked and reached on a throwing error while putting down a sacrifice bunt, respectively.
In the sixth, senior Tyler Blevins/Draper (1-5, RBI) added a run-scoring single with one out that plated junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake (1-4, 2B), who had doubled, and Blevins later crossed the plate courtesy of a sacrifice fly RBI by sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley (0-2).
Junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox started and pitched the first 6.1 solid innings for the hard-luck no decision, scattering six hits and one run, earned, with five strikeouts and no walks. Classmate Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. tossed two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and two runs, both earned, with no strikeouts and one walk. Triesler (0-1) pitched the final 3.1 innings in defeat, yielding five hits and two runs, both earned, with two strikeouts and three walks.
In the nightcap, H-SC scored two runs on seven hits … with one run in the first inning and one run in the sixth. The Tigers fell behind 7-1 after one inning and never recovered against the Maroons, who added two more runs in the fifth and one run in the seventh.
In the first, Bartlett (3-4, 3B, 2B) opened game two with a triple down the right field line and scored when Triesler (0-3, RBI) followed with a sacrifice fly RBI. In the sixth, Spagnolo (2-3) drew a walk to open the frame and later scored via an RBI single by Counts (1-1, RBI) with one out.
Webb (1-2) started and pitched two-thirds of an inning in defeat, allowing six hits and seven runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and one walk. Senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake tossed 4.1 innings, scattering three hits and two runs, both unearned, with four strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Kieran Conway/Chesapeake pitched a scoreless inning, allowing two hits with no strikeouts and no walks. Junior Trent Jacobs/Farmville tossed 1.0 inning, yielding one hit and one run, earned, with one strikeout and one walk. Freshman Ethan Badin/Richmond pitched a scoreless inning, allowing no hits with one strikeout and no walks.
H-SC will travel north for a pair of games this week during the College's Spring Break, playing at Wesley (Del.) College on Tuesday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in Dover, Delaware, before playing at Salisbury (Md.) University on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Salisbury, Maryland.
A scheduled contest at York (Pa.) College on Monday, March 11, has been canceled.