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Tigers Swept By W&L in ODAC Opener

Dustin Wiles

LEXINGTON, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers took two losses at the hands of Washington & Lee in their ODAC opener. The Tigers were blanked 6-0 in the first game and fell 9-8 in 12 innings in the second game. The Tigers now stand at 9-5 overall and 0-2 in ODAC play, while the Generals improve to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in conference.

Hits were hard to come by in the first game for the Tigers, as they were held to five hits behind a complete-game shutout from Tom Conklin. Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) went 2-for-4 in the effort while Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski), Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes), and Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) each got one hit.

Zach Perkins (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) was the pitcher of decision, allowing five runs on four hits and six walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) then pitched the final three innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout.

The Tiger offense started to click in the second game, and after giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Tigers took their first lead of the day with three runs in the second. Counts tied the game on a Kasiski RBI-fielders choice, and then Joey Sutphin (Radford, VA/Radford HS) batted in Kasiski and Moe Gothe (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) on a two-RBI single.

Gothe scored again in the third on a Devin Daugherty (Norcross, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian School) RBI-double to go up 4-2.

After two scoreless innings, Washington & Lee scored two in the bottom of the sixth to tied the game at 4-4.

Hampden-Sydney reclaimed the lead with a big eighth, which started with Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) driving in Daugherty with a single. Kasiski then upped the lead to 6-4 while scoring on a throwing error.

Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) then got into the action, scoring Wiles and Cody Smith (Bristol, VA/Virginia HS) on a two-RBI single.

The Generals, however, fired right back with four runs of their own in the bottom frame to tie the game again at 8-8.

Neither team was able to score in the ninth, forcing extra innings.

Both teams were held scoreless through 11 and a half, and it was Washington & Lee who broke the three and a half inning scoring drought with a walk-off bases loaded walk with two outs to take the win.

The Tigers out-hit Washington & Lee 14 to ten. Wiles was an impressive 5-for-6 with an RBI and a run. Blevins and Daugherty each had two hits.

Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) allowed four runs – three earned – on two hits and eight walks in 5.2 innings. He also struck out four. Jimmy Butler (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) allowed two runs on three hits and walk with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings, while Charles Murrah (Athens, GA/Maclay School) allowed two unearned runs on two walks and a hit.

Maitland was the pitcher of decision, allowing just one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Hampden-Sydney will remain on the road as the Tigers will face Greensboro College on Wednesday, March 15 at 5:00 PM.

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