Catcher Zach Harrelson ’11
Despite losing an All-American third baseman and the top two pitchers from a season ago, Hampden-Sydney baseball, under the direction of eight-year head coach Jeff Kinne, won 20 games for the third consecutive season and sixth time in the last seven years. With a 9-9 ODAC record, the Tigers again advanced to the ODAC Tournament, where a 1-2 performance capped the year at 20-21.
The Tigers started the season hot, winning 10 of the first 14 games. Adding excitement to the season was the race between Zach Harrelson ’11 and Herbie Williams ’11, who were on pace to break Todd Harrell’s ’08 career-hits record of 161. Both players broke the record in the Tigers’ 7-2 win over Roanoke on April 14. Harrelson batted .349 on the year and Williams was .298. Harrelson’s team-high 53 hits gave him the new record at 170, while Williams finished a close second at 167.
Hampden-Sydney then needed to win one of the final two games against arch-rival Randolph-Macon to advance to post-season play. After falling 7-4 in extra innings, the team rallied to score the final eight runs of the game, winning 12-8 in front of a packed crowd in the nearly completed Ty Cobb Ballpark. Hampden-Sydney won its second game in the ODAC Tournament with an 8-2 victory over Guilford. Freshman third baseman Hunter Lewis ’14 was named to the All-Tournament team after batting .636 on seven hits in 11 at bats to go with three RBI.
Four Tigers were named to All-ODAC teams: Harrelson and Lewis won First Team honors; second baseman Beau Flinchum ’13 was on the Second Team; and senior reliever Kyle Grantier earned Honorable Mention.