HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team used two big innings to remain undefeated at home and improve to 4-2 on the young season with an 11-5 victory over Methodist on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, Methodist falls to 3-2.
The Tigers first exploded in the second inning, scoring four runs on three hits, one walk, a passed ball, and a hit batter. Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) kicked it off with a lead off double. After Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) was walked, Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) batted in the first run with an RBI-single. Garrett Birnbaum (Moseley, VA/Cosby) was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases, but a passed ball advanced the runners and scored Tucker. Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) and Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) then had back-to-back RBI to put the Tigers ahead 4-0.
Methodist was knocking on the door in the top of the third, loading the bases with no outs, but Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) was able to record the next three outs without surrendering a single run.
Methodist did hit the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, as Alex Rodriguez scored on a Tiger error with two outs.
Hampden-Sydney later posted another big inning in the seventh with seven runs on nine hits. It started as Carneal ripped a triple, and an off-the-wall double from Wiles drove him and upped the score to 5-1. Wiles was later batted in on a Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) two-out single. Hampden-Sydney was not finished with two outs with John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) following Lewis with a single, and Gray following that up with an RBI-double to score Lewis. Lloyd and Gray then crossed the plate on a Tucker RBI-single. Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls), who led off the inning, then batted in two more with a single.
The Monarchs came alive in the ninth and crossed the plate four times; Stephan Nalls batted in Lucas Scott; Pete Wildeboer knocked in Chris Power; Nalls scored on a passed ball; and Ray Lanner scored Wildeboer.
Otey picks up the win after pitching two scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two. Teddy West pitched the first three innings, surrendering just one hit while striking out three. Lewis also pitched two scoreless while striking out four.
Methodist's Michael Inman takes the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of work.
As a team, the Tigers tallied 15 hits to Methodist's eight. Carneal led the way, going 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Lewis, Gray, Chamberlin, and Wiles each had two hits. Gray and Chamberlin each scored two runs while Wiles batted in two.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action this weekend as it hosts the seventh annual Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Tigers play their first game against Keystone on Friday, February 21 at 3:00 pm.