ASHLAND, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball team dropped its first conference decision, falling 4-2 to arch-rival #10 Randolph-Macon in Ashland. The Tigers now stand at 10-7 on the season and 4-1 in ODAC play while the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in conference.
The teams combined for 17 hits, but runs were hard to come by and neither team could get on the scoreboard for the first two and a half innings.
Randolph-Macon was the first to cross the plate with one run in the bottom of the third, but the lead was short lived as Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) batted in Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Ryan Clawson (Moseley, VA/Cosby) then stepped up to the plate and drove in Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) on an RBI-single to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
The Jackets struck again in the bottom of the fifth, however, using a two-run homerun from Rick Spiers to reclaim the lead. They then added an insurance run in the sixth to go up 4-2 – a lead their pitching staff allowed them to keep.
On the mound for the Tigers, Harrison Moncure (Glen Allen, VA/Mills Godwin) pitched the first 2.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Nic Graziano (Virginia Beach, VA/First Colonial) was the pitcher of decision, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) struck out the only batter he faced, and Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) threw two scoreless innings, walking three and striking out two.
Offensively, the Tigers had seven hits. Counts and Kasiski combined for five of those.
The Tigers will return to action Saturday, March 31 as they host #6 Roanoke in a double header. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.