Hampden-Sydney Baseball Wins At Wesley (Del.) 23-10

Chase Counts
Chase Counts

DOVER, Del. -- Sophomore Matt Dalton/Virginia Beach had one hit and five RBIs, and junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach had two hits and three RBIs, to lead Hampden-Sydney College to a 23-10 non-conference baseball victory at Wesley College on Tuesday in Dover, Delaware.  Freshman Trenton Tiller/Powhatan gained the pitching win for the visiting Tigers (6-6-1) against the host Wolverines (1-7-1).

H-SC had 23 runs on 15 hits … scoring four runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the fourth, five in the fifth, one in the sixth, three in the seventh and five in the eighth.  The Tigers led 18-0 after seven at-bats before WC scored seven runs in the seventh to make it 18-7.  H-SC outscored the Wolverines 5-3 over the final two innings for the final 13-run margin.

In the first, senior captain Tyler Blevins/Draper (1-2, RBI) plated the first run with an RBI single to score junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield (2-4, RBI), who had walked.  Counts (2-5, 3 RBIs) followed with an RBI double to score junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (1-3), who had been hit-by-a-pitch.  Sophomore Mack Reese/LaGrange, Ga. (1-3, 2 RBIs) later walked with the bases loaded to score Blevins, and classmate Matt Muehleck/Martinsville (2-2, 2 RBIs) reached on an infield single that plated Counts.

In the second, Counts reached on a fielder's choice that scored junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake (1-3), who had singled.  Dalton (1-4, 5 RBIs) also reached on a fielder's choice that enabled Counts and sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley (0-2, 2 RBIs), who had walked, to cross the plate.

In the fourth, Clawson drew another walk while leading-off and later scored courtesy of a wild pitch.  Bartlett added an infield single that scored Muehleck, who had also walked, via a throwing error on the play.

In the fifth, sophomore Nick Grohowski/Chesterfield (1-4, RBI) had a run-scoring double that scored Kasiski, who had been hit-by-a-pitch, and Grohowski crossed the plate on an RBI single by Reese.  Clawson, who earned his third walk, scored on another wild pitch, and Dalton, who was also hit-by-a-pitch, scored on a sacrifice fly RBI from Muehleck.  Reese crossed the plate on an RBI single by Bartlett.

In the sixth, Counts blasted a solo home run down the left field line for his second homer this season.  

In the seventh, Clawson reached on a fielder's choice that scored junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. (0-1), who had walked as a pinch-hitter to open the frame.  Dalton added a two-run double to plate Grohowski, who had walked, and Clawson.

In the eighth, freshman Max Lipscomb/Virginia Beach (2-3, RBI) slammed his first collegiate home run, a solo shot to left center field.  Clawson drew his fifth walk with the bases loaded to score Meyers, who had also walked … Dalton was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded to plate freshman Andrew Roach/South Chesterfield (0-0), who had walked … and sophomore Scott Breeden/Smithfield (1-2, 2 RBIs) added a two-run double to score freshman Trey Karnes/Mechanicsville (0-2) and Clawson … Karnes had been hit-by-a-pitch, as well.

Tiller (1-0) started and pitched the first 5.0 scoreless innings for his first collegiate mound win, yielding just one hit with six strikeouts and no walks.  Senior Charles Murrah/Tallahassee, Fla. tossed a scoreless inning, yielding no hits with one strikeout and no walks. Freshman Matt Flatford/North Chesterfield faced six batters in the seventh, allowing one hit and six runs, five earned, with no strikeouts and six walks. Senior captain Trent Jacobs/Farmville pitched 2.0 innings, scattering five hits and two runs, one earned, with no strikeouts and no walks.  Classmate Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen tossed the final 1.0 inning, allowing three hits and two runs, both earned, with no strikeouts and one walk.

H-SC will continue its Spring Break trip to the North, playing at nationally-ranked No. 22 Salisbury (Md.) University on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Salisbury, Maryland.