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Hampden-Sydney Baseball Splits ODAC Doubleheader Against Visiting Guilford (N.C.) 5-6, 17-2

Jacob Bartlett
Jacob Bartlett

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield had three hits and six RBIs, and sophomore Matt Muehleck/Martinsville added two hits and four RBIs in the second game, while junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen had three hits and two RBIs in the first game, as Hampden-Sydney College split an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball doubleheader against Guilford (N.C.) College on Saturday at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark - Wurdeman Stadium.  Freshman Trenton Tiller/Powhatan gained the pitching victory in the 17-2 nightcap for the host Tigers (7-8-1, 1-3), while senior Charles Murrah/Tallahassee, Fla. took the pitching setback in the 5-6 opener against the visiting Quakers (7-11, 1-3).

In game two, H-SC scored 17 runs on 17 hits with four runs in the second inning, six runs in the third, five runs in the fourth and one run each in the fifth and eighth innings for the second-game win and split of the twin bill.  The Tigers led 16-0 through five innings toward the final 15-run margin of victory.

In the second, Muehleck (2-3, 4 RBIs) provided a three-run double to left field that scored senior captain Tyler Blevins/Draper (2-3), sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley (1-2, RBI), along with junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen (2-4).  Blevins had doubled, Clawson had walked and Duimstra had reached on an infield single.  Muehleck crossed the plate when Bartlett (3-4, 6 RBIs) promptly followed with an RBI triple to center field.

In the third, Clawson reached on a throwing error that allowed junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (2-4), who had singled to lead-off the at-bat, to cross the plate.  Muehleck walked with the bases loaded to plate Blevins, who had doubled again.  Bartlett added a two-run double down the left field line to score Clawson and Duimstra, the latter reaching base via a fielder's choice.  Muehleck crossed the plate courtesy of a sacrifice fly RBI from senior Blake Hartman/Chester (2-3, RBI), and Bartlett would later score on an RBI single by junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake (1-4, RBI).

In the fourth, Bartlett added another two-run double to left that plated Clawson and Duimstra, who had been hit-by-a-pitch and doubled, respectively.  Junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (2-5, 3 RBIs) later slammed a three-run home run over the fence in left field that pushed Bartlett and Hartman (single) across the plate ahead of him.  It was Triesler's first homer of the season.

In the fifth, Bartlett reached on a fielder's choice to score Blevins, who had walked, while in the eighth, freshman Mark Evans/Yorktown (0-0, RBI) added a sacrifice fly RBI to plate junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. (0-0), who had walked to open the at-bat.

Tiller (2-0) started and pitched the first 6.0 solid innings for the win, scattering four hits and two runs, both earned, with five strikeouts and one walk.  Senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake tossed a scoreless inning, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.  Clawson pitched a scoreless inning, yielding no hits with no strikeouts and no walks.  Triesler tossed the final scoreless inning, allowing one hit with three strikeouts and one walk.

In game one, H-SC scored five runs on seven hits with four runs in the first inning and one run in the eighth.  The closely-played contest was tied at 4-4 through five innings, as the Quakers went ahead 5-4 in the sixth, before the Tigers tied it again at 5-5 in the eighth.  Unfortunately, GC scored the go-ahead and winning run in the ninth inning.

In the first, Spagnolo (3-3, 2 RBIs) doubled down the right field line to score Hartman (0-4) and Triesler (1-4), both who had been hit-by-a-pitch.  Counts (1-4, RBI) added a sacrifice fly RBI to plate Kasiski (0-4), who had walked, and Spagnolo crossed the plate via a run-scoring single from Clawson (1-3, RBI).

In the eighth, Counts opened the at-bat by reaching base courtesy of a fielding error and later crossed the plate when Bartlett (0-3, RBI) put down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to the right side of the mound.

Junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox started and pitched the first 8.0 innings, scattering 11 hits and five runs, all earned, with three strikeouts and three walks.  Murrah (0-1) pitched the final inning, allowing two hits and one run, earned, with one strikeout and no walks.

H-SC will play on the road at the University of Lynchburg in ODAC action on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Lynchburg.