Hampden-Sydney Baseball Sweeps Emory & Henry 7-3, 13-11

Chase Mayberry
Chase Mayberry

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Junior Andrew Kasiski/Chesapeake had two hits and two RBIs in the first game, while classmate and captain Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen had three hits and three RBIs in the second game, as Hampden-Sydney College swept an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball doubleheader past Emory & Henry College on Saturday at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark – Wurdeman Stadium.  Junior Chase Mayberry/Appomattox earned the complete-game pitching win in the 7-3 opener for the host Tigers (13-12-1, 7-6), while classmate Cameron Meyers/Benson, N.C. gained the mound win in late relief in the high-scoring 13-11 nightcap against the visiting Wasps (3-24, 0-13).

In game one, H-SC had seven runs on 12 hits … scoring five runs in the first inning and two in the seventh.  The Tigers led 5-0 after two innings and 5-3 through three toward the opening-game win.

In the first, junior Chase Counts/Virginia Beach (1-4, RBI) delivered a run-scoring triple that scored senior captain Tyler Blevins/Draper (2-4), who had singled, and Counts crossed the plate on an infield RBI single by Kasiski (2-4, 2 RBIs).  Junior Jacob Bartlett/Chesterfield (1-3, RBI) added a run-scoring single to score Kasiski, before senior Blake Hartman/Chester (1-4, 2 RBIs) added a two-run single to plate sophomore Ryan Clawson/Moseley (0-3, RBI), who had walked, along with Bartlett.

In the seventh, Kasiski contributed an RBI single to score Blevins, who had singled, as well, and Clawson drove in a run when he reached on a fielder's choice RBI.  Sophomore Matt Muehleck/Martinsville (0-0) scored the run as a pinch-runner.

Mayberry (3-2) posted his first complete-game pitching effort of the season for the Tigers, scattering seven hits and three runs, all earned, with seven strikeouts and two walks over the 9.0 innings.

In game two, H-SC had 13 runs on 18 hits … scoring four runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.  The Tigers were tied at 4-4 after one inning, fell behind 9-4 through two, made it 9-6 after five, was within 10-9 through six, and led 13-9 after eight before a ninth inning run by E&H made for the final margin in the come-from-behind victory.

In the first, junior Josh Duimstra/Glen Allen (2-5) opened with a triple and scored on a one-out RBI single by Counts (3-3, RBI), who crossed the plate when Spagnolo (3-4, 3 RBIs) followed with a run-scoring double.  Kasiski (2-5, 2 RBIs) followed with another RBI double to plate Spagnolo, and Kasiski scored when Bartlett (2-4, 3 RBIs) singled with two outs.

In the fourth, Hartman (3-4, RBI) led-off with a double and later scored via a two-out, RBI single by Spagnolo.  In the fifth, Hartman contributed a two-out, run-scoring single to plate junior Jonathan Triesler/Chesterfield (1-4), who had drawn a walk.

In the sixth, Blevins (2-5) singled to open the at-bat and later scored when Kasiski reached on a fielding error. Clawson (0-1, 2 RBIs) and Bartlett each added sacrifice flies to score Counts and Spagnolo, respectively.  Counts had reached on another fielding error, while Spagnolo reached on a bunt single.

In the seventh, Clawson drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Blevins, who had also walked, and Bartlett provided another sac fly RBI to score Counts, who had singled.

In the eighth, Hartman singled to lead-off and later scored what proved to be the winning run courtesy of a throwing error. Spagnolo added a sac fly RBI that plated Blevins, who had reached on a bunt single and stole second base, as well.

Meyers (3-2) earned the win with the final 3.2 innings, yielding one hit and one run, earned, with three strikeouts and two walks.  Freshman Trenton Tiller/Powhatan had started and pitched the first 1.1 innings, allowing seven hits and eight runs, all earned, with no strikeouts and two walks.  Senior Trey Celata/Chesapeake tossed 4.0 innings of middle relief, scattering six hits and two runs, both earned, with two strikeouts and two walks.

The game was also played in support of the One Love Foundation to raise awareness against Relationship Violence and bring an end to it by educating, empowering and activating campus communities in a movement for change.  To find out more about the work of the foundation, or to get involved, please visit their website at http://www.joinonelove.org/.

H-SC is scheduled to play at ODAC arch-rival Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Ashland.  The Tigers will return home to welcome non-conference opponent and Division III's top-ranked Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at Yank Bernier Field at the Ty Cobb Ballpark – Wurdeman Stadium.