Posted: Mar 25, 2023
Score: Roanoke 3, Hampden-Sydney 0
Records: Maroons 11-8, 4-1 ODAC; Tigers 10-9, 4-1 ODAC
Location: Salem, Va.
The Lead: The Roanoke baseball team shut out the Hampden-Sydney Tigers in game one of a Saturday afternoon ODAC doubleheader.
- It took until the fourth inning before either team got on the scoreboard. Jonny Wall led off the bottom of the inning with a triple down the right-field line and Conner Butler followed up with a double down the left-field line that scored Wall. Ty Staz, not to be completely outdone, was next with the Maroons' third hit of the inning, a single to right field that allowed Butler to score and put Roanoke ahead 2-0 after four complete.
- In the eighth, Wall collected his second hit of the game with a single through the left side before reaching second on a sacrifice bunt by Butler. T. Staz then traded places with Wall on a single to center that gave the Maroons a 3-0 lead after eight.
- A groundout to second and a 6-4-3 double play closed out the top of the ninth on the Tigers and gave Roanoke the shutout win.
- T. Staz finished the game with three hits and a pair of RBIs.
- Will Turner pitched the first eight innings, striking out six, to earn his third win of the season. Aiden Kuhle came to the mound in the ninth and picked up his second save this year.
Score: Roanoke 6, Hampden-Sydney 3
Records: Maroons 12-8, 5-1 ODAC; Tigers 10-10, 4-2 ODAC
Location: Salem, Va.
The Lead: The Maroons used the windy conditions to their advantage to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Tigers with a 6-3 win in game two of the ODAC series.
- Roanoke scored first a little quicker than game one with three runs in the bottom of the third. With bases loaded and two outs, Wall hit a single to left field that scored both Corey Coogan from second and Tucker Schiavoni from third. The incoming throw from the left fielder was off target and ended up near the entrance to the Maroons' dugout instead of home plate. The throwing error allowed Mason Staz to come around third and score with Wall advancing to third on the different Tiger throws, putting Roanoke ahead 4-0.
- A leadoff single and a two-run home run for H-SC cut the Roanoke lead down to 4-2. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers used a trio of hits to bring in another run to pull within one of the Maroons, 4-3.
- It was not until the bottom of the eighth inning that Roanoke could add some insurance runs. With two outs and Nate Chown pinch-running for Owen Lawn at first, Schiavoni doubled to left allowing Chown to reach third from first before he made it home on a wild cutoff throw by the shortstop. Coogan smacked a long triple off the left-field fence that allowed Schiavoni to score a second insurance run, putting Roanoke ahead 6-3. The Tigers were sat down in order in the top of the ninth to give the Maroons the 6-3 win and doubleheader sweep.
- Coogan was just a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle with a single, double, and triple as part of his three hits in game two. He also had an RBI and a run scored.
- Caleb Lingenfelter improved to 5-1 on the season with four strikeouts in six innings pitched. Isaac Brooks came in the top of the seventh and pitched the final three innings with a strikeout to earn his second save of the season.
Up next: Roanoke hits the road for a single, midweek ODAC game against Guilford on Tuesday, March 28th. Gametime with the Quakers is scheduled for 3 p.m.