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Baseball Weekly Preview: April 7-13

Andrew Tucker

Weekly Notes • PDF Version

Tigers at Virginia Wesleyan • Wednesday • 3:30 PM
Tigers vs. Washington & Lee • Saturday • 12:00 PM
Tigers vs. Washington & Lee • Saturday • 3:00 PM


Hampden-Sydney, receiving four votes in the's Top-25 as of April 6, enters this week at 21-11 overall and 5-8 in ODAC play having been halted by a four-game skid in last week's competition. During the week, Christian Hamlett tied the Hampden-Sydney hit streak record, going 1-for-2 against Lynchburg for his 24th straight game with a hit. He followed that up with at least one hit in the next three games and currently rides a 27 game hit streak. This week, the Tigers will travel to Virginia Beach to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan before returning home to face Washington & Lee for a Saturday double header. Saturday, the Tigers will celebrate the careers of seniors Nathan Chamberlin, Hunter Lewis, Kyle Lung, Adam Netherland, Aaron Stidham, and Andrew Tucker.   

As a team, the Tigers are batting .328 while leading the league with 376 hits and 77 doubles; Hampden-Sydney's 255 runs and 225 runs batted in rank second, its eight triples rank fifth, its 11 homeruns rank sixth.

Spencer Wiles, who leads the nation in doubles and is second in hits and runs, boasts a team-high .402 batting average with team-highs in hits (51), doubles (19), and runs (40). Lewis is having another solid year at the plate, batting .385 while his 45 hits so far this season have given him 163 for his career, just seven shy of tying the program record. 

On the mound, the staff posts a 4.43 ERA. Freshman Trevor Otey has a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.68 ERA. Lewis holds a 6-2 mark and 3.86 ERA to go with an ODAC-high 55 strikeouts. Teddy West (2-0; 4.89 ERA) and Reggie Johnson (2-1; 1.93 ERA) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Matt Hinson (3-2; 4.44 ERA) has proven to be a valuable asset in the bullpen with an ODAC-high 14 appearances. Billy Nixon provides depth in the pen, moving from the starting rotation to make seven appearances in relief.


VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (4/9): The Virginia Wesleyan Marlins currently stand at 11-17 overall and tied with the Tigers and Emory & Henry for seventh place in conference play, making Wednesday a important match up. Virginia Wesleyan recently snapped a three game losing streak, having won two of its last three outings. The Marlins defeated Randolph-Macon 9-8 before splitting with Roanoke, losing 3-1 and then winning 2-0. Offensively, the team ranks tenth in the ODAC with a .293 batting average, and the team's 153 runs and 138 runs batted in rank eighth. When the Marlins do hit, they are good at getting in scoring position; they lead the league with 70 stolen bases, and their 51 extra base hits (42 doubles, 6 triples, three homeruns) rank second in the conference. Leading the offense are Zach Bach (.383; 20 R; 20 RBI), Taylor Erby (.378; 23 RBI; 37 H), and Brett Sutryk (.357; 28 R; 9 doubles). On the mound, the team owns a 6.05 ERA, and Alex Tucci (3-3; 4.91) leads the team in victories. Dylan Stoskus (2-2; 4.35), Will Hickey (2-0; 4.62), and Reed Duffer (2-0; 5.87) all have two wins.    

WASHINGTON & LEE (4/12): The Generals of Washington & Lee enter the week at 13-8 overall and 6-6 in the ODAC, placing them in fifth place. The team has lost two of its last three, falling 7-4 to Eastern Mennonite and 10-9 to Bridgewater while defeating Eastern Mennonite 17-10 in between. The Generals are off during the week with Saturday's double header at Ty Cobb Ballpark their only two games. The team currently bats .301 with 140 runs scored, 124 batted in, 37 doubles, two triples, and 13 homeruns. Individually, junior shortstop Taylor Rowe leads the bunch with a .413 average, 38 hits, 18 runs, and six doubles. Outfielder Keegan Dolan, along with Rowe, is one of five players to have played in all 21 games for the Generals. Dolan swings the bat well, with a .344 average and a team-high 24 RBI. On the mound, the team boasts an impressive 3.10 ERA, behind an ODAC-leading 1.08 ERA from Cory Smith. Smith holds a 1-0 record with three saves in ten appearances and 25.0 innings. Jake Rudolph (3-2; 4.15 ERA), Kyle Tipping (3-2; 2.73 ERA), and Nate Plein (3-1; 3.04) all lead the team with three wins each. 

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