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Tigers Split at Top-Ranked Shenandoah

Devin Daugherty

WINCHESTER, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Baseball Tigers went 1-1 with the number one team in the nation, splitting an ODAC double header at #1 Shenandoah. The Tigers took the first game with hot bats, winning 15-7. Shenandoah then responded in a close 3-2 decision in the second game. Hampden-Sydney now stands at 18-14 overall and 7-7 in ODAC play. The Hornets now sit at 27-3 on the season and 11-3 in conference.

Though 22 total runs were scored in the first game, it was not until the bottom of the third when the first runs were scored with Shenandoah taking a 2-0 lead.

Hampden-Sydney came alive in the following frame though, with Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) putting the Tigers on the board with a solo homerun. Devin Daugherty (Norcross, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian School) then drove in Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski) to tie the game at 2-2. Daugherty crossed the plate on a Blake Hartman (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) RBI-single.

The Tigers extended their lead with Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) and Hartman scoring in the five run inning. They were batted in by Matthew Spagnolo (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Joey Sutphin (Radford, VA/Radford HS), respectively.

Shenandoah closed the gap to 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers pushed the lead back up in the top of the fifth with back-to-back homeruns – a three run shot from Daugherty and a solo homerun from Counts.

After Shenandoah scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, the score stayed 9-4 in favor of the Tigers for three more innings.

Hampden-Sydney then had another big inning in the ninth, scoring six runs. The effort was capped off with a three-RBI double from Sutphin.

Shenandoah added three to the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth, but Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) closed out the game and picked up his fourth win of the season. In 4.1 innings, he allowed three runs – just one earned – on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) threw the first 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

Offensively, the Tigers tallied 14 hits to Shenandoah's 15. Goodwyn led the way with three hits, three runs and two RBI. Blevins, Daugherty, Hartman, and Sutphin all had two hits.

The second game was a stark contrast to the first, with both starting pitchers throwing complete games, while allowing a combined five runs on ten hits.

Zach Perkins (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) had a strong effort, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in eight innings.

On the other side, Colin Morse improved to 7-0 on the season, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks with 12 strikeouts.

The Tigers took the first lead of the game when Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) batted in Counts, but Shenandoah tied the game with a run of its own in the bottom of the third.

After a scoreless fourth, Jacob Fontana (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill) scored on a throwing error by the catcher to put the Tigers back on top 2-1.

The lead was short lived, however, as the Hornets scored two in the bottom of the inning.

As neither team could cross the plate over the next three and a half innings, Shenandoah held on for the 3-2 win.

The Tigers had just three hits to Shenandoah's seven. Fontana was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored, and Kasiski was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Hampden-Sydney will stay on the road as the Tigers will face Randolph-Macon on Wednesday, April 19. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM.

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