HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Freshman Mark Evans/Yorktown hit his first collegiate home run, while junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield and sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley each had two hits, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped an 8-4 non-conference baseball decision to Averett University on Thursday at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark - Wurdeman Stadium. Clawson also took the pitching setback for the host Tigers (11-12-1) against the visiting Cougars (6-24).
H-SC had four runs on seven hits … scoring one run in the second inning, two runs in the fifth and one run in the ninth. The Tigers led 3-2 through seven innings before AU scored three runs in the eighth and added three more runs in the ninth for the come-from-behind win.
In the second, junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (0-3) reached base via a fielding error, advanced to third on a double by Clawson (2-3, RBI) and scored courtesy of a ground ball RBI from junior Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. (0-5, RBI).
In the fifth, Evans (1-4, RBI) opened the at-bat with his first collegiate home run to left field to tie the game at 2-2. Counts drew a two-out walk, stole second base and later crossed the plate on a clutch run-scoring single by junior Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen (1-1, RBI), who was pinch-hitting and gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Bartlett (2-4) added two hits for H-SC.
The Tigers used eight pitchers on the "staff" day for the team. Junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield started and pitched the first 2.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits with no strikeouts and one walk. Senior captain Trent Jacobs/Farmville tossed 1.0 inning, yielding one hit and one run, unearned, with no strikeouts and one walk. Classmate Trey Celata/Chesapeake pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one hit and one run, earned, with no strikeouts and no walks. Senior Charles Murrah/Tallahassee, Fla. (1H, 1BB), junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen (1H, 2K) and Counts (1H, 1K) each tossed a scoreless inning. Clawson (1-1) pitched the eighth inning, yielding two hits and three runs, all earned, with one strikeout and two walks. Meyers pitched the ninth, allowing three hits and three runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and no walks.
H-SC will remain at home to host Emory & Henry College for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 12 p.m. at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark - Wurdeman Stadium. The twin bill will be played in support of the One Love Foundation whose goal is to bring an end to Relationship Violence by educating, empowering and activating campus communities in a movement for change. The team will be wearing T-Shirts during pre-game activities to support the One Love Foundation.
To find out more about the work of the foundation, or to get involved, please visit their website at http://www.joinonelove.org/. The contest is being sponsored by Title IX and H-SC Athletics. #ITSONUS