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Shenandoah Sweeps Hampden-Sydney Baseball

Hunter Lewis
Hunter Lewis

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Shenandoah University exploded for 27 total runs in a 15-12, 12-5 sweep of Hampden-Sydney Baseball on Saturday afternoon.

Hampden-Sydney took the first advantage in game one, scoring five runs in the second inning. A Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA / Albemarle) single drove in Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA / Menchville). Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA / Potomac Falls) plated Carneal on another single, and Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC / South Point) batted in two runs off a double. Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA / Menchville) finished off the scoring with an RBI-single.

Shenandoah took control of the game in the third inning behind an impressive 12 runs as 13 of the innings first 14 batters reached base safely.

The Shenandoah bats were quiet for much of the rest of the game, and the Tigers slowly chipped away at the 12-5 deficit. H-SC shaved two runs off the lead in the third behind a two-RBI Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA / James River) single, but Shenandoah negated those two scores with an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth to make it 14-7. A Gray single in the sixth would score Lewis.

The Tigers made their big move in the bottom of the seventh as one-base hits from Wiles, Lewis, and Gray drove in four runs, but the Tigers could not manage to score the rest of the way.

Shenandoah's hot hitting from the first game carried over to game two. Corbin Lucas struck out to start the game, but two singles and a walk from the next three batters loaded the bases. The Hornets made the Tigers pay with three singles in a row to drive in four runners. The Hornets tacked on two more runs in the third inning behind a Daniel Freshley two-run homerun and then went up 7-0 in the sixth behind a JJ McDaniel single.

Hampden-Sydney got back in the game starting in the sixth. Three consecutive singles from Gray, Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA / Virginia Wesleyan), and Carneal loaded the bases. John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA / Deep Run) walked in the next at bat to send Gray across home plate. The next plate appearance, Tucker reached first on a fielder's choice to drive in Chamberlin, but a McDaniel throwing error to second base enabled Carneal to score as well. Rogers followed with a sac fly to plate John Lloyd to make it a 7-4 contest after six innings.

Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) would then make it a 7-5 game with a leadoff homer in the seventh, but Shenandoah pulled away for the win with a five-run eighth inning.

Wiles went 3-10 with two runs and three RBI, and Lewis was 5-11 with a score and three RBI. Gray batted 5-10 with two scores and two RBI, and Carneal hit 5-9 to go along with three runs and one RBI.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Arlington, VA on Sunday for a 1 pm game.

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