SALISBURY, Md. -- Junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen had three hits and one RBI, and classmate Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. hit his first career home run, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 12-2 non-conference baseball decision at nationally-ranked No. 22 Salisbury University on Wednesday in Salisbury, Maryland. Sophomore Bradford Webb/Charlotte Court House took the pitching setback in relief for the visiting Tigers (6-7-1) against the host Sea Gulls (8-4-1).
H-SC had two runs on nine hits … scoring one run in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh. The Tigers were tied with their ranked opponent at 1-1 after six at-bats, and trailed just 4-2 at the seventh-inning stretch, before the hosts scored eight runs over their final two at-bats toward the final margin.
In the sixth, Spagnolo (3-4, 2B, RBI) provided a clutch, two-out RBI double that scored junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake (1-3), who had drawn a walk with one out.
In the seventh, Meyers (1-2, HR, RBI) slugged his first collegiate home run, a solo shot over the fence in right center field while leading off the inning. H-SC loaded the bases with two outs during the at-bat, but unfortunately, a strikeout swinging on a 3-2 pitch ended the threat.
Junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (2-5) added two hits for the Tigers.
Freshman Kieran Conway/Chesapeake started and pitched the first 5.0 solid innings, allowing just two hits and one run, unearned, with five strikeouts and two walks. Webb (1-3) tossed 1.0 inning of middle relief, yielding one hit and three runs, two earned, with one strikeout and two walks. Triesler pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits and three runs, all earned, with one strikeout and four walks. Freshman Ethan Badin/Richmond went one-third of an inning, retiring the lone batter he faced. Meyers pitched one-third of an inning, allowing four hits and five runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and two walks. Junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach recorded the final two outs, yielding one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
H-SC is scheduled to welcome Guilford (N.C.) College for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday, March 16, at 12 p.m. at Yank Bernier Fieldat the Ty Cobb Ballpark - Wurdeman Stadium.