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Hampden-Sydney Baseball Splits At Shenandoah 20-6, 14-17

Chase Counts
Chase Counts

WINCHESTER, Va. -- Junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach slammed four home runs with eight RBIs, and sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley hit two home runs with seven RBIs, as Hampden-Sydney College split an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball doubleheader on the road at Shenandoah University on Saturday in Winchester.  Junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox gained the pitching victory in the 20-6 opener for the visiting Tigers (16-15-2, 10-8-1), and senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake received a save, while sophomore Bradford Webb/Charlotte Court House took the mound setback in the 14-17 nightcap against the host Hornets (20-11, 10-9).

In game one, H-SC scored 20 runs on a season-high 22 hits with one run in the first inning, four in the third, one in the fourth, three in the seventh, two in the eighth and nine runs in the ninth inning.  The 20 runs scored by the Tigers is their second-highest run total this season (23, at Wesley, March 12).  H-SC was never threatened in the opener, leading 5-0 through three innings, 6-4 after six and 11-5 through eight toward the final 14-run margin.

In the first, Counts (3-6, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) had a run-scoring single to score junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (3-6, 2 RBIs), who had doubled to open the game.  In the third, Clawson (3-4, HR, 4 RBIs) had a two-run single to score both junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen (1-4) and classmate Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake (2-5, 2 RBIs), who had each singled, as well.  Senior Blake Hartman/Chester (2-6, HR, 2 RBIs) followed with an RBI double to plate Clawson, and Hartman crossed the plate via a run-scoring single by freshman Mark Evans/Yorktown (2-4, RBI).  In the fourth, Counts hit the first of his four home runs on the day, a solo shot to center field while leading-off.

In the seventh, Triesler added a two-run double to score both Clawson and Evans, who had walked and singled, respectively, and Triesler later scored after senior captain Tyler Blevins/Draper (3-6, 2 RBIs) reached on an infield single that included a throwing error on the play.  In the eighth, junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen (1-1, 2 RBIs) contributed a two-run single that scored both Kasiski and Clawson, who had been hit by a pitch and walked, respectively.

In the ninth, Kasiski started the scoring with a two-run single to plate both Blevins and Counts, who had singled and reached on an error, respectively.  Clawson followed with a two-run home run to center field that also scored Kasiski.  Hartman added a solo home run to right field, for back-to-back homers by the Tigers, before Blevins contributed a two-run double to score both sophomore Matt Muehleck/Martinsville (2-5) and Triesler, who had been hit by a pitch and walked, respectively.  Counts closed the H-SC scoring in the first game with his second homer, a two-run blast to left field that also scored Blevins.

Mayberry (4-3) started and pitched the first 6.0 innings for the win, scattering nine hits and four runs, all earned, with three strikeouts and one walk.  Celata (1) earned his first save of the season with the final 3.0 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, both earned, with two strikeouts and no walks.

In game two, H-SC had 14 runs on 15 hits with four runs in the seventh inning, two in the eighth and eight runs in the ninth inning.  The Tigers fell behind 8-0 after one inning and trailed 16-0 through six innings before rallying late for the final three-run margin.

In the seventh, Kasiski (2-4, 2 RBIs) had a run-scoring infield single that scored Counts (2-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), who had walked to open the frame.  Clawson (1-5, HR, 3 RBIs) followed with his second homer of the day, a three-run shot to left center field that scored both Spagnolo (2-4) and Kasiski, as well … Spagnolo had reached via a single.  In the eighth, Muehleck (2-4, 2 RBIs) and Triesler (1-6, RBI) each contributed RBI singles that plated sophomore Mack Reese/LaGrange, Ga. (1-2) and Kasiski, respectively.  Reese was pinch-running for Spagnolo, who had doubled, while Kasiski had drawn a walk.

In the ninth, Counts got it started with his third homer of the day, a solo round-tripper to left field while leading off.  Kasiski added an RBI single to score Reese, who had doubled, and Kasiski crossed the plate courtesy of an error when Hartman (2-3) reached on an infield single.  Muehleck and Blevins (2-5, RBI) each contributed run-scoring singles that plated Hartman and Muehleck, respectively.  Counts closed the scoring on the afternoon with his fourth homer of the doubleheader, a three-run blast to left field that also scored Evans (walk) and Blevins.

The power surge by Counts gives him a team-leading seven home runs this spring, tying him for third in the ODAC, as well.  Clawson has three home runs this season, tied for second on the team, and he leads the Tigers with his 31 RBIs.

Webb (2-4) started and pitched just two-thirds of an inning, allowing four hits and eight runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and one walk.  Freshman Kieran Conway/Chesapeake tossed 3.1 innings, yielding six hits and four runs, all earned, with three strikeouts and one walk.  Senior captain Trent Jacobs/Farmville pitched 1.0 inning, allowing two hits and three runs, all unearned, with one strikeout and one walk.  Duimstra pitched 2.0 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, one earned, with one strikeout and no walks.  Junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. tossed the final scoreless inning, yielding one hit with no strikeouts and no walks.

H-SC will return home for its final three regular season ODAC games at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark – Wurdeman Stadium, hosting Virginia Wesleyan University on Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m., before welcoming Ferrum College for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 12 p.m.