March 10, 2011

Tigers Snap Skid, 3-1 Over Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, AL-Hampden-Sydney got back into the win column while improving to 11-8 on the season after downing the Panthers of Birmingham-Southern College 3-1. The Panthers fall to 13-3, while the Tigers wrap up their trip to Georgia and Alabama. Hampden-Sydney stays on the road, however, as it returns to ODAC action with a Saturday double-header against Guilford College (4-12, 0-2).

The first four and a half innings proved to be a pitcher's duel between Connor Bradley (Richmond, VA/Trinity Episcopal) and Jordan Burchett. Neither surrendered a run and each team only had three hits over the stretch.

Birmingham-Southern was the first to strike with one run in the bottom of the fifth, but Hampden-Sydney was quick to respond in the top of the sixth. Freshman Zach Henshaw (Petersburg, VA/Kenston Forest) led off with a single, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex) single advanced Henshaw to third base. Sophomore Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) then batted in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.

Zach Harrelson (Danville, VA/George Washington) later singled that led to Wind crossing home plate on an error from the catcher putting the Tigers up 2-1.

After Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton)cruised through the bottom of the frame, Hampden-Sydney tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh.

Andrew Tucker (Fincastle, VA/James River) was the benefactor on two errors - the first allowing him to reach first, and the second allowing him to score three batters later. Wind stole second, forcing a pick off attempt that was errant, allowing the freshman to make it a 3-1 game.

Though the Tiger offense was held in check, the combination of Kyle Grantier (Danville, VA/George Washington), Kyle McKay (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Nick Caporale (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) returned the favor while allowing no runs on just one hit.

Kuhns led the way with two hits while the team as a whole recorded six hits. Kuhns also had the Tigers lone RBI. Rabiej picked up the win, while Bradley pitched the first five innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He also struck out five to just two walks.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action as they travel to Greensboro, NC to face ODAC-foe Guilford in a double-header on Saturday, March 12. The first game is set to start at 3:30 pm.