HARRISONBURG, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team picked up its third win in as many days, sweeping Eastern Mennonite in a Saturday ODAC double header. The Tigers took decisions of 5-4 and 5-1 while improving to 18-5 on the season and 3-3 in conference play. The Royals drop to 12-11 overall and 0-8 in conference.
The Tigers took game one 5-4 while holding off a Royal comeback attempt, as Eastern Mennonite scored the final three runs of the game, but the Tigers closed it out with Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) and Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) each pitching shutout innings in the eighth and ninth.
Both Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) and Adam Posey started strong on the mound, each pitching three shutout innings, but Hampden-Sydney was able to get on the board in the fourth with four runs.
Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) each doubled while driving in Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) and Hamlett, respectively. Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) also scored in the inning, crossing the plate on a passed ball, and Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville, VA/Essex) batted in Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan).
Eastern Mennonite responded in the bottom of the frame with one run on a Kyle Mathews RBI-single.
The Tigers added one more in the sixth with Johnson scoring an unearned run, but the Royals made it tight with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Hampden-Sydney held on, however, with Otey picking up the win and Stidham earning the save.
The Royals did out hit the Tigers with 11 knocks to Hampden-Sydney's six. Johnson led the way with two hits.
Otey went seven strong, allowing four runs – three earned – on ten hits with four strikeouts.
In game two, it was Eastern Mennonite to strike first with a run in bottom of the first, but the Tigers fired right back with Wiles batting in John Lloyd (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) to tie the game in the top of the second.
The Tigers then claimed the lead in the third as Gray doubled and advanced twice on a wild pitch and passed ball.
After three scoreless innings, Gray added to the Tigers' lead by batting in Lewis and Wiles on a two-out single. Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) then followed that up by batting in Gray to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead.
Billy Nixon (Sedley, VA/Southampton) took over for Lewis on the mound, holding the Royals scoreless for the final 2.2 innings.
The Tigers notched 13 hits for the game, behind a 3-for-5 performance from Wiles. Lewis, Carneal, Gray, and Lloyd all had two hits.
On the mound, Lewis picked up the win after allowing just one run on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Hampden-Sydney has a quick turn around as the Tigers will host Stevenson University tomorrow in a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.