Baseball Beats Macon, Moving Up in ODAC

Michael Nicholson ’15

Hampden Sydney Baseball now boasts a record of 11-10-1.  The Tigers have had big wins over Rutgers-Newark, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Randolph-Macon.
“Hopefully we continue to improve as we reach our full potential.  Looking at it, we should be able to compete against any team in the ODAC and come out victorious,” said freshman Greg Brownson.
“Our mindset has been to minimize the mistakes and play a clean game. We have enough talent offensively where we can outscore other teams as long as we do not hurt ourselves with any errors or mental mistakes,” continued Brownson.

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Senior Catcher, Patrick Kuhns (Credit:hscathletics.com)
The new mindset of the team has led to a greater number of wins at this point in the season along with a greater sense of confidence in the team’s ability. “It is not an outrageous claim to make that we have a chance to be the best team in the ODAC this year,” said sophomore Brian Collins. “Our mindset this year has been different than last year in that we now expect to win every game we play, and there are no teams that intimidate us like I think Lynchburg and others did last season,” said Collins.
“The biggest games have been our game against Macon today and last Wednesday as well as Shenandoah this past weekend and our tie game against CNU earlier this year,” said Brownson.
“Beau Flinchum, Andrew Tucker and Jeff Gray are all hitting the ball very well right now, and are really leading the charge offensively, but of course, you can’t leave out Ace on the mound: also known to some as Zach Whitaker,” said Collins.
“Beau Flinchum has been very clutch for us in tight situations. John Lloyd is playing very well as a freshman and makes great plays in the field,” said Brownson.  “James Keller has been solid for us at catcher and has knocked in plenty of runs while throwing runners out as well,” continued Brownson.
Weekends have been very busy for the Hampden Sydney Baseball Team this semester with frequent double-headers.
“I think everybody likes playing multiple games on the weekend. It fits with one of our new motto’s this year coined by James Keller, ‘Let’s play two today,’” said Collins“We have enough quality players and a very deep roster where if someone was to need any rest, whomever replaces that person is very capable in that spot,” added Brownson.

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