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Tiger Offense Overpowers Eagles in Sweep

Jacob Fontana

BRIDGEWATER, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers scored 18 total runs in it's Old Dominion Athletic Conference sweep of the Bridgewater Eagles on Saturday. The Tigers won their games by scores of 10-9 and 8-4 while improving to 17-12 overall and 6-5 in conference play. Bridgewater, however, drops to 11-18 on the season and 4-9 in the ODAC.

Game one was a high scoring affair, with each team getting multiple runs early. The Tigers started off the scoring with two runs in the first, with Cody Smith (Bristol, VA/Virginia HS) and Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) on Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski) and Devin Daugherty (Norcorss, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian School) RBI.

The Eagles were able to tie the game with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame.

In the second, the Tigers reclaimed the lead when Joey Sutphin (Radford, VA/Radford HS) batted in Jacob Fontan (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill). Sutphin later scored on an RBI-single from Smith.

Goodwyn followed that up with a two-RBI triple, scoring Smith and Dustin Wiles (Belmont, NC/South Point). After the triple, Goodwyn made it 6-2 while scoring on a throwing error.

Bridgewater responded with a big inning of its own in the bottom frame, scoring four runs to stay within one at 7-6.

Pitching took over the next three innings, but the offenses got back into the action in the sixth. Hampden-Sydney extended its lead when Goodwyn batted in Blake Hartman (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) and Blevins batted in Wiles.

Bridgewater brought it back to a two run game with a score in the bottom of the seventh, but Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) scored on a Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) RBI-double to take a 10-7 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

The Eagles made the game interesting in the final frame, hitting two homeruns and loading the bases to make it a one-run game. Michael Flanagan (Moseley, VA/Cosby) was able to get the final out of the game, however, collecting the save with a key strikeout.

Flanagan pitched one-third of an inning, walking two while striking out one. Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) started the game, allowing six runs – four earned – on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on four hits with an impressive 12 strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Tigers had 16 hits to Bridgewater's nine. Smith and Counts led the way with three each.

The second game started a little slower than the first, but both teams were still able to trade run early. The Tigers took the first lead as Wiles led off the game with a homerun.

Two innings later, the Eagles tied the game at 1-1 with an unearned run in the third.

Counts helped the Tigers reclaim the lead in the top of the fourth, driving in Belvins. Fontana then scored on a wild pitch, and Counts crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly from Kasiski to put the Tigers up 4-1.

The runs continued in the fifth when Fontana batted in Daugherty and Blevins on a two-RBI double.

Bridgewater tightened the gap with two runs in the sixth, but the Tigers fired right back in the top of the seventh with Counts hitting a double that scored Fontana and Daugherty to go up 8-3.

The Eagles were able to score one more in the eighth but could not come back any closer.

Zach Perkins (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) was the winning pitcher, throwing six strong innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Matthew Metheny (New Kent, VA/New Kent) allowed one run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout in two innings, and Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and allowing one hit.

Offensively, the Tigers had 11 hits to Bridgewater's seven. Fontana went 4-for-5 while Daugherty knocked two hits.

The Tigers will return to action Tuesday, April 11 as they host the Hornets of Lynchburg College. First pitch is slated for 4:00 PM.

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