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Baseball Weekly Preview: March 17-March 23

John Lloyd

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers vs. Randolph-Macon • Wednesday • 3:30 PM
Tigers at Eastern Mennonite • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers at Eastern Mennonite • Saturday • 3:00 PM
Tigers vs. Stevenson • Sunday • 12:00 PM

Tigers vs. Stevenson • Sunday • 3:00 PM 


Hampden-Sydney, three spots out of's Top-25 as of March 9, enters this week at 15-5 overall and 1-3 in ODAC play. The Tigers had a four-game win streak snapped by two losses to Shenandoah. The Tigers will look to rebound with five games this week, including three against ODAC foes. The Tigers start their week at home with a Wednesday afternoon meeting with arch-rival Randolph-Macon. The team then travels for a Saturday double header against Eastern Mennonite before wrapping up the week at home with two against Stevenson on Sunday. 

As a team, the Tigers are batting .333 while leading the league with 167 runs, 146 runs batted in, and 52 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's nine homeruns rank fourth, and its three triples rank ninth.

Spencer Wiles has had a hot start to the year, batting .459 while leading the team in hits (34), doubles (14), runs (28), and RBI (20). Hunter Lewis upped his batting average to .389 on the year after going 11-for-20 (.550) in the Tigers' five games last week. Christian Hamlett (.364; 19 R; 15 RBI), John Lloyd (.349; 13 R; 14 RBI), and Lee Carneal (.345; 17 R; 6 RBI) have all proven to be tough at the plate. 

On the mound, the staff posts a 4.10 ERA. Freshman Trevor Otey has a perfect 4-0 record with a 2.10 ERA and showed his stuff against #21 Birmingham Southern, holding the Panthers to one run after eight innings of work. Lewis holds a 4-1 mark and an ODAC-high 42 strikeouts. Teddy West (2-0; 4.38 ERA) and Billy Nixon (1-1; 6.39 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Matt Hinson (2-1; 4.22 ERA) has proven to be a valuable asset in the bullpen with an ODAC-high nine appearances. 


RANDOLPH-MACON (3/19): The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets enter the week in second place in the ODAC at 5-1 in conference play and 9-7 overall. The team just had a four-game winning streak snapped with an 8-0 loss to York on Sunday. As a team, Randolph-Macon has scored 105 runs (6.6 per-game) on 157 hits (9.8 pg). The team does well on the base paths, ranking second in the league with 37 stolen bases. While the Jackets hit .287 as a team, junior Nate Meiners leads the ODAC with a .469 batting average. He leads the team with 23 hits, 15 runs, six doubles, and ten walks. Nicholas Maiolo also has a great bat, hitting .438 in his 13 games.  On the mound, the pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA; in conference play, Randolph-Macon leads the league with a 1.67 ERA in its six games. Daniel Byrd (2.25 ERA) and Jamie Hendrick (4.50 ERA) both have 3-1 records to lead the staff. 

EASTERN MENNONITE (3/22): The Royals of Eastern Mennonite stand at 12-8 overall but are in last place in the ODAC with an 0-5 conference record. The team is currently on a three-game losing streak, having lost to Shenandoah and twice to Randolph-Macon. The team has no trouble offensively, standing in second in the ODAC in runs (164), hits (236), doubles (50), and triples (8), while their 146 runs batted in lead the ODAC. The team's .345 batting average ranks third in the league. Individually, Adam Posey leads the league with 83 at bats while his .458 batting average is fifth-best. Ryan McAlister has also played in all 20 games and boasts a .403 average. On the mound, the staff posts a 6.03 ERA and is led by Posey (2-2, 6.33 ERA) and Ryan Henschel (1-2, 5.23 ERA).

STEVENSON (3/23): The Stevenson Mustangs enter the week at 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the MAC while riding a three-game losing streak. The Mustangs have scored 39 runs on 48 hits with a .312 batting average. Scott Merkel leads the offense with eight hits, 13 RBI, and a .400 batting average. Kevin Wu also helps carry the offense with a .467 average, seven hits, three doubles, one triple, and two homeruns. He's also scored a team-high 11 runs. On the mound, the team boasts a 4.85 ERA. Greg Myers and Alex Romanowski both have 2-0 records as the team's top hurlers. Myers has an impressive 0.75 ERA after his two starts and a combined 12.0 innings. Romanowski has a 3.27 ERA through 11.0 innings pitched.  

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