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Opening day spoiled by Hampden-Sydney walkoff

Tanner Johnson  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Tanner Johnson | Photo by Jace Delgado

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.—Devin Daugherty's pinch-hit RBI single to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth inning sent Hampden-Sydney to an 11-10 victory over Denison at Ty Cobb Ballpark.

Trailing 8-4 heading into the seventh inning, the Big Red stormed back with a five-run frame powered by a three-run home run by Tanner Johnson and a two-run double by Will Krushena.  The inning could have been even bigger but Sam Frazen was thrown out at home plate trying to score on a fielder's choice to third.  Jack Blanchard, who started the inning by reaching first base on an error, hit for the second time in the inning and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with two outs.  DU's 12th hitter of the inning, Grady Paine, flew out to left field to end the inning with Denison on top, 9-8.

The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh thanks to two Big Red errors.  Denison regained the lead in the eighth on an RBI double by Noah Hahn but Hampden-Sydney kept chipping away with an RBI ground-out by Andrew Kasiski in the home half of the eighth, sending the game into the ninth, tied at 10-10.

After Hampden-Sydney retired DU in order in the ninth, the Tigers opened the ninth by grounding out to second for the first out of the inning.  Blake Hartman followed with a double off Denison reliever Andrew Bruss.  After an intentional walk to set up the double play, Daugherty provided the pinch-hit walk-off winner for H-SC.

Hahn, Paine, and Blanchard all had two hits for Denison while Johnson (four) and Krushena (three) combined for seven RBIs.

Bruss took the loss in 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed two earned runs off five hits while striking out three.  Five Denison pitchers combined to pitch 8.1 innings.

Denison (0-1) returns to the diamond on Sunday for a doubleheader against York at 11 a.m. and Hampden-Sydney at 3 p.m.