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Baseball Splits with Generals in Double Header

Hunter Lewis

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Baseball Tigers split its Saturday double header with the Generals of Washington & Lee, dropping the first game 6-5 before taking a 9-8 victory. With the split, Hampden-Sydney stands at 23-12 overall and 7-9 in ODAC play, and the Generals are 14-9 on the season and 7-7 in conference.

Both teams came out of the gate ready to hit in game one, each scoring in the first inning. The Generals started of the game with a leadoff triple and two runs in the top of the frame, but the Tigers fired back in the bottom half with a run from Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), who recorded a single in his first at bat, upping his record to 29 straight games with a hit.

Hamlett then scored again in the third, on a Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2.

Washington & Lee reclaimed the lead with Nick Buimi batting in two runs on a single to go up 4-2.

The Tigers responded with one more in the bottom half of the inning as Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) knocked a two-out triple to score Spencer Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point).

The scoring continued in the fifth, and each team knocked one in to take a 5-4 score in favor of the Generals into the sixth.

The Generals were able to add one more run in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.

After a scoreless seventh, Hampden-Sydney cut into the lead with Kyle Lung (Williamsburg, VA/Mary Washington) scored on a Lewis RBI-single.

Washington & Lee's Cory Smith closed the game out on the mound for the Generals, picking up his fourth save of the season.

Trevor Otey (Williamsburg, VA/Christchurch) drops to 5-1 on the season after pitching 4.1 innings, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits with six strikeouts.

At the plate, the Tigers tallied ten hits, including two from Lewis and Carneal.

The Tigers started game two with a bang, scoring four runs in the first before recording the first out. Chamberlin batted in two, Lewis scored on a wild pitch, and Wiles scored on an error.

Hampden-Sydney tacked on two more in the bottom of the third, with Hamlett scoring on a wild pitch, and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville) being driven in on a Carneal RBI.  

The Generals broke their scoring drought in the fourth, using three hits to score two runs, cutting their deficit to 6-2.

Hampden-Sydney responded quickly, however, with three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. Lewis batted in two with a double, and Gray used a sacrifice fly to score Lewis.

After three scoreless, the Generals used five consecutive singles and seven total to score five runs and come within two at 9-7.

The Generals came within one in the ninth, but Aaron Stidham (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) picked up his third save of the season.

Lewis went 7.2 innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts.

The Tigers recorded 11 hits to the Generals' 14. Hamlett went 3-for-4, while extending his record breaking hit streak to 30 games. Lewis had two hits and now stands with 169, one shy of tying the school record. Chamberlin also had two hits.

The Tigers return to action Tuesday, April 15 as they host the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.

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