Trentham Drive in Three for #2 R-MC vs. H-SC

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ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Michael Trentham (Midlothian, Va./James River) had a pair of extra-base hits and three RBI as the second-ranked Randolph-Macon baseball team was edged 7-6 by Hampden-Sydney in ODAC action Tuesday afternoon on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park.

The Yellow Jackets (26-6-1, 12-6 ODAC) started the scoring in the second. Trentham had a leadoff triple, but was erased at the plate on a one-out fielder's choice by junior Herminio Azor (Fairfax, Va./Robinson). Azor stole second, moved to third on an error and scored on a base hit by sophomore Rick Spiers (South Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.

After the Tigers (24-13, 10-8 ODAC) plated four in the top of the third, R-MC answered in the bottom of the frame. Senior Travis Lodge (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) homered to left, his 11th of the season, to make it a 4-2 contest. Senior Mitchell Keeler (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) lined a single up the middle and scored on a double down the left field line by Trentham as the Yellow Jackets pulled within one at 4-3.

The Yellow Jackets tied it in the fifth as senior Nick Maiolo (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) had a leadoff double, moved to third on a flyout by Keeler and scored on a sacrifice fly by Trentham to level the score at 4-4.

H-SC used solo homers in the sixth and eighth to take a 6-4 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth, Spiers reached on a two-out infield hit and came home on a double down the left field line by senior Christian Sanderson (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) to make it a 6-5 contest.

The Tigers put up a key insurance run in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the frame, Maiolo reached second on an error and went to third on a single by Keeler. Trentham laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Keeler to second and brought home Maiolo to make it 7-6. Keeler moved to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there as the game ended.

Spiers finished with three hits, one run and one RBI, while Sanderson and Keeler both had two hits.

Randolph-Macon concludes its conference season on Saturday, April 23 with a 12 noon doubleheader at Emory & Henry.