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Baseball Swept in Two-Game Slugfest with Eastern Mennonite

Jordan Wind

HARRISONBURG, VA-In Hampden-Sydney's double header with ODAC-foe Eastern Mennonite, the two teams combined for 71 hits and 44 runs in the two games though the Royals were the winners of both by scores of 8-7 and 20-9. With the losses, Hampden-Sydney falls to 9-16 overall and 4-4 in ODAC play, while the Royals improve to 10-17 and 3-6 in conference.

Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover), Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) and Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex) all recorded a team-high four hits in the two games.

Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) was solid in the first game with two hits and a game-high three runs in the Tigers' near come back. After trailing 3-0 in the early innings, Kuhns and Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) scored on a two-RBI single by Allan Brownell (Herndon, VA/Herndon) in the top of the third.

Eastern Mennonite scored three more runs to take a 6-2 lead after six innings. The Tigers responded, however, with three runs in the seventh and two in the ninth to take a 7-6 lead heading into the final frame.

The Royals knocked in a run in the ninth and then were able to score on a walk-off single in the tenth.

Dan Nicoll (Centreville, VA/Bishop Ireton) allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings, but Kyle McKay (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) ultimately took the loss after allowing the final run in the tenth.

Eastern Mennonite took its momentum from the win to jump out to a 7-2 lead after the first inning of the second game. Though the Tiger offense was able to score nine runs - two of which were scored by Wind - the Royals were able to score in seven of its eight innings, including at least three runs in four innings.

Hampden-Sydney scored four runs in the first two innings with Herrmann, Flinchum, and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) each batting in a run.

Freshman Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) substituted in and made the most of it going 2-for-3 with a run. Flinchum and Lewis each recorded three hits in the game.

Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 0.2 innings.

The Tigers remain on the road and return to action Tuesday, April 3 as they face the Hornets of Lynchburg College. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm. 

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