HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers went 1-1 on Saturday, splitting a non-conference double header with the Cougars of Averett University. Averett won 11-0 in the first game, but the Tigers rallied in game two behind a complete game shutout from Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) to win 5-0. The Tigers now stand at 7-3 on the season; Averett is 3-10 overall.
Averett took game one in convincing fashion, winning 11-0 behind a complete game from Cody Johnson. The Tigers were held to just three hits, with Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights), Jacob Fontana (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill), and Blake Hartman (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) all collecting base knocks.
Junior Zach Perkins (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) was the pitcher of decision, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Charles Murrah (Athens, GA/Maclay School) threw 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) threw a scoreless inning, and Hayden Basse (Fairfax Station, VA/Bishop O'Connell) allowed two runs in an inning of work.
Game two started as a pitcher's dual with two shutout innings and only one total hit through the first four innings.
The Tigers, however, were able to use small ball and get a run across the plate in the third. Sam Feliciano (Bristow, VA/Patriot) led off getting hit by a pitch, and after being bunted over twice, he scored on a balk.
Hampden-Sydney was able to extend its lead in the bottom of the fifth when the Tigers recorded their first hits of the game. Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) led off the inning with a single and was later batted in on a Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point) RBI-double. Wiles then crossed the plate on an RBI-single from Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale), and Goodwyn and Moe Gothe (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) later scored on a two-RBI single from Maitland to give the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.
Offensively, the Tigers had four hits; Wiles, Goodwyn, Counts, and Fontana each recorded one.
Mayberry pitched a complete seven-inning shutout, allowing just two hits while fanning nine.
The Tigers will remain at home and home Ferrum at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7.