W&L Baseball Falls to LC, 8-3, in Two-Day Affair

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team had its 2010 season end on Sunday morning with an 8-3 loss to fifth-seeded Lynchburg in an ODAC Tournament game that took two days to complete at City Stadium.

The No. 6 Generals were trailing the No. 5 Lynchburg Hornets, 7-1, when play was suspended due to rain before the Generals came to bat in the seventh inning. The game was resumed at 11:00 am on Sunday morning in the top of the seventh inning.
Lynchburg (23-14-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Brock Shiflett before W&L tied the score at 1-1 in the third inning when senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) singled home first-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day).
The Hornets responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run double by Shiflett to take a 4-1 lead. LC then added a single run in the fifth and a pair of runs in the sixth before play was suspended.
When play resumed, the Hornets scratched across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Jordan Watkins to extend LC's advantage to 8-1.
After retiring the first six batters that he faced, LC's Josh Youngman ran into trouble in the ninth inning as W&L tallied a pair of runs on an RBI single by senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft School) and an RBI double by senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) to pull W&L within five runs at 8-3.
However, Jared Milner relieved Youngman with two outs in the ninth and got sophomore designated hitter Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) to fly out to left to end the game.
Senior Chuck Davidson (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) started on one days rest for W&L and took the loss (4-6) as he allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. He did pitch to two batters to lead off the fifth inning.
Matt Morgan earned the win (4-0) for Lynchburg as he surrendered just one run on six hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
Plantholt finished 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Generals at the plate. Lewis finished 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Stutts was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) and sophomore centerfielder Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) both singled and scored a run.
Lynchburg's top five hitters went a combined 11-for-19 with eight runs and seven RBIs to pace the Hornets. Leftfielder Mike Walters was 2-for-5 with two runs, centerfielder Cameron Grant was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Rightfielder Jeff Taylor had two hits in five at-bats with two walks, three runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base. Shiflett was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, four RBIs and a run scored and first baseman Chris Colquhoun was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

At the conclusion of play, Stutts and Plantholt were both named to the all-tournament team. Stutts hit .500 (6-12), with three walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases in W&L's four tournament games, while Plantholt was 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and three runs driven in.
The Generals conclude their season with an overall record of 14-19 and Lynchburg advances to the ODAC Championship where it will face Bridgewater at 1:00 pm.