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Tigers’ offense rolls in 14-7 win over Averett

Hampden-Sydney College baseball used 15 hits to score 14 runs in a commanding 14-7 win over Averett on Tuesday. With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-3 on the young season; Averett drops to 2-4.

Though the Cougars got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the opening inning, Hampden-Sydney took a 2-1 lead in the third and then exploded for 10 runs in the fourth.

Cody Smith (Bristol/Virginia HS) and Brian Goodwyn (Chester/Thomas Dale) each crossed the plate in the third when Lee Carneal (Charlottesville/Albemarle) reached on an error.

In the fourth, John Lloyd (Glen Allen/Deep Run) batted in four runs with a two-RBI double and a two-RBI single; Tyler Blevins (Draper/Pulaski) and Goodwyn each batted in two; and Reggie Johnson (Dunnsville/Essex) and Blake Hartman (Chester/Thomas Dale) each drove in run.

Averett chipped into the Tiger lead with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but Hartman drove in his second run of the day in the top of the seventh, using a sacrifice fly to score Travis Stackow (Richmond/Douglas Freeman).

The Cougars managed three more runs in the seventh and eighth, but the Tigers also got one more run on the board with Smith batting in Goodwyn.

Lloyd led the offense with a 3-for-5 performance with four RBI and a run scored. Blevins also recorded three hits with two RBI and a run. Goodwyn, Smith and Johnson each recorded two hits.

On the bump, Jimmy Butler (Roanoke/Patrick Henry) got the victory after going six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Hayden Basse (Fairfax Station/Bishop O’Connell) and Trey Celata (Chesapeake/Atlantic Shores Christian) each pitched an inning, giving up a total of three runs while Basse struck out three.

Zach Perkins (Appomattox/Appomattox) threw a shutout ninth while fanning two.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action Saturday as they host the H-SC Classic.

The Tigers kick off the action with an 11 a.m. game against York, followed by a 3 p.m. game against Moravian.