NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen had a home run, double and four RBIs, and classmate Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake had four hits and two RBIs, to lead Hampden-Sydney College to a 9-5 upset road win at nationally-ranked No. 3 Christopher Newport University on Thursday in Newport News. Senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake gained the pitching victory in middle relief for the visiting Tigers (5-4-1) against the previously unbeaten and host Captains (9-1).
H-SC scored nine runs on 10 hits … setting the tone at the start with three runs in the first inning, adding one run in the second, two runs in the fourth and three more runs in the ninth for the victory. The Tigers led 6-0 after four at-bats, allowed five runs by CNU in the fourth, though still leading 6-5, before scoring the three insurance runs in the ninth for the final four-run margin and the big road upset over the Captains, ranked third in this week's D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25.
In the first, Spagnolo (2-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBIs) delivered a clutch two-out, two-run double down the left field line to score both junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (1-3, RBI) and Kasiski (4-5, 2 RBIs), who had walked and singled, respectively. Spagnolo crossed the plate when junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (1-5, RBI) followed with a run-scoring single through the left side.
In the second, Triesler provided an RBI single to right field with one out to plate sophomore Matt Muehleck/Martinsville (1-3), who had reached on a fielding error.
In the fourth, freshman Max Lipscomb/Virginia Beach (0-2) reached on a throwing error to lead-off, and later scored when Triesler reached on a fielder's choice with one out. Kasiski added a one-out, RBI single to center field that scored Muehleck, who had singled, as well, for the 6-0 advantage.
In the ninth, Kasiski added another run-scoring single with one out to score freshman Ethan Badin/Richmond (0-0), who was pinch-running for senior Blake Hartman/Chester (1-1), who had singled to lead-off while pinch-hitting. With two outs, Spagnolo blasted a two-run home run to left center field that also plated Kasiski. Spagnolo has a team-best two homers this season, and leads the team with 11 RBIs, as well.
The Tigers used four pitchers toward the important road win, getting a huge effort from their bullpen. Celata (1-0) gained his first win this spring with 2.2 scoreless innings, yielding two hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one strikeout and no walks. Triesler pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one walk. Freshman Kieran Conway/Chesapeake started and pitched the first 3.1 innings, scattering five hits and five runs, all earned, with two strikeouts and three walks.
H-SC is scheduled to open Old Dominion Athletic Conference action with a doubleheader at Roanoke College on Saturday, March 9, at 12 p.m. in Salem.