HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Senior Blake Hartman/Chester and junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake each had two RBIs in game one, while Hartman hit a home run and senior captain Tyler Blevins/Draper added two hits and two RBIs in game two, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped both games of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball doubleheader to Ferrum College on Saturday at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark – Wurdeman Stadium. Junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. took the pitching setback in relief in the 10-inning 8-9 opener for the host Tigers (17-17-2, 11-10-1 ODAC) against the visiting Panthers (22-16, 13-9 ODAC), while sophomore Bradford Webb/Charlotte Court House had the mound loss in the 6-11 nightcap.
In game one, H-SC had eight runs on 10 hits … scoring four runs in the first inning, two in the second and one run each in the sixth and seventh. The Tigers led 6-2 after two innings and 8-2 through seven, before FC rallied late with six runs in the eighth to tie it at 8-8. The Panthers scored the winning run in the extra 10th inning.
In the first, Kasiski (1-3, 2 RBIs) drew a bases-loaded walk to score junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield (2-5, RBI), who had been hit by a pitch while leading-off. Sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley (0-4, RBI) also walked with the bases-loaded to plate Blevins (0-3), who had walked, as well. Hartman (1-5, 2 RBIs) followed with a two-run single to score both junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (4-5), who had reached on an error, and Kasiski.
In the second, Bartlett singled and stole second base, while later crossing the plate on a ground ball double play turned by the visitors. Kasiski added a run-scoring single that scored Blevins, who had walked during the at-bat. In the sixth, Blevins was hit by a pitch and later scored courtesy of a wild pitch. In the seventh, Bartlett tripled to right center field to plate junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (2-4), who had doubled off the wall down the left field line.
Junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox started and pitched the first 7.0 solid innings for the hard-luck no decision, scattering eight hits and two runs, both earned, with nine strikeouts and two walks. Senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake faced four batters in the eighth, but did not record an out, yielding three hits and four runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and no walks. Meyers (2-2) tossed the final 3.0 innings, allowing three hits and three runs, one earned, with one strikeout and no walks.
In game two, H-SC had six runs on six hits … scoring one run in the second inning, two in the third, two in the fourth and one run in the sixth. The Tigers led 5-4 after four innings, but the Panthers again rallied with three runs in the fifth to take the lead for good at 7-5 through five. The hosts closed to within 7-6 in the sixth, but FC added two runs each in the eighth and ninth for the sweep of the two games.
In the second, Kasiski (1-3, RBI) walked and later scored on a ground ball RBI by sophomore Matt Muehleck/Martinsville (0-3, RBI). In the third, Blevins (2-5, 2 RBIs) singled and crossed the plate when Counts (0-4) reached on another error. Counts scored via an RBI single by Kasiski.
In the fourth, Blevins added a two-run single that plated both Triesler (0-4) and Bartlett (2-4). Triesler had reached on an error, while Bartlett doubled down the right field line. In the sixth, Hartman (1-3, RBI) opened the at-bat with an opposite-field solo home run to left field for his third homer this season.
Webb (2-5) started and pitched the first 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, all earned, with three strikeouts and one walk. Senior captain Trent Jacobs/Farmville tossed a scoreless sixth inning, yielding one hit with no strikeouts and two walks. Classmate Charles Murrah/Tallahassee, Fla. tossed a scoreless seventh inning, yielding no hits with no strikeouts and no walks. Freshman Kieran Conway/Chesapeake pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one hit and two runs, one earned, with one strikeout and one walk. Junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen pitched 1.0 inning, allowing two hits and two runs, both earned, with one strikeout and one walk.
H-SC has secured the #6 seed for the ODAC Baseball Tournament and will play on the road in a best-of-three series at #3 seed Shenandoah University next weekend, May 1-3. Official tourney pairings and game times will be released by the conference office on Sunday, April 28.