HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney had late runs in each of its two games, but could not overcome the Bridgewater College as the Eagles took both decisions in the Saturday double header. Bridgewater took game one 9-6 in ten innings and the second 9-5. With the losses, Hampden-Sydney falls to 21-11 overall and 5-8 in ODAC play, while the Eagles improve to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in conference.
In game one, Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) and Corey Armentrout both started strong, but each team used the longball to get on the board early. Bridgewater struck first with a two-run homerun from Bay Liskey, but the Tigers fired right back with a solo shot from Nathan Chamberlin (Chesterfield, VA/Virginia Wesleyan) to make it a 2-1 game.
The Eagles tacked on four runs in the sixth in large part to a three-run homerun from Justin Petock.
Hampden-Sydney cut into the lead in the bottom of the frame with Chamberlin batting in Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby).
The Tiger bats came alive in the bottom of the eighth, using back-to-back RBI-singles from Jack Elliott (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) and Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) to come within two at 6-4. Jackson Rogers (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) then followed that up by scoring Elliott and Tucker on a two-RBI double to tie the game at 6-6.
After a scoreless ninth, Bridgewater capitalized on a Hampden-Sydney error with Damian Reed crossing the plate to break the tie. Derrik Walling followed up that score with a two-run homerun to put the Eagles up 9-6.
Hampden-Sydney loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, but Tyler Conley got the final out while picking up his first save of the year.
Hampden-Sydney outhit the Eagles 11 to eight and was led by Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) who went 3-for-4. Chamberlin and Tucker each had a pair of hits.
Otey went four innings, giving up two runs on one hit and one walk with a strikeout. Dylan Gonzales (Richmond, VA/Bridgewater) was the pitcher of decision, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
Hampden-Sydney started the scoring in game two, with Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) leading off with a single and later being batted in by Hamlett.
Bridgewater, however, took the lead in the second as Ryan Fitzgerald had a two-RBI double. The Eagles would keep the lead throughout, thanks to Kyle Henshaw going seven strong innings, including five shutout innings, on the mound.
The Eagles followed their two runs up with a five run inning in the third to explode to a 7-1 lead.
After Bridgewater tacked on one more in fifth, Hampden-Sydney rattled off three straight hits, including an RBI-triple from Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gray then crossed the plate on a passed ball before the inning ended to bring the Tigers within four at 8-4.
Bridgewater responded with a run of its own in the top of the eighth to push the lead up to 9-4.
Gray hit his second consecutive triple to score Hamlett, but it was not enough as Conley closed out the game for the Eagles to take the sweep.
Lewis was the Tigers' pitcher of decision, allowing eight runs – seven earned – on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Matt Hinson (Kinston, NC/Arendell Parrott Academy) pitched two scoreless innings, and Spencer Garrett (Mableton, GA/Whitefield Academy) allowed one unearned run in two innings.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Wednesday, April 9 as the Tigers travel to Virginia Beach to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan at 3:30 PM.