LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee’s top five batters
went a combined 11-for-19 (.579) with 10 RBI and the Generals held
Southern Virginia scoreless after the third inning as the W&L
baseball team defeated the Knights, 12-3, on Wednesday afternoon at
Cap’n Dick Smith Field.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom half of the third inning, the Generals (1-4) tallied three runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft) to assume a 4-3 lead. W&L tallied three more runs in the fourth inning to go up 7-3 and would add five more runs over the next three innings in running away with its first victory of the season.
Senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) led the W&L offensive attack as he finished 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a double and one RBI. Junior rightfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) was 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch twice. He drove in three runs and scored two. Serenbetz added three RBI as he finished 1-for-3 and senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) was 2-for-5 with a double and drove in three runs.
Senior righthander Nate Adkins (Ravenswood, W. Va./Ravenswood) picked up the win (1-1) with three inning of scoreless relief. Adkins allowed just two hits as the Generals limited SVU (4-5) to no runs and just three hits over the game’s final five innings.
First-year catcher Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss./Forest) led the Knights with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate. He drove in one run and also scored once. Senior first baseman Jake Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and first-year shortstop C.J. Andrus (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur) finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.
First-year lefthander Nick Denny (Anoka, Minn./Anoka) took the loss for SVU, allowing seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits, two walks and three hit batsmen in 3.1 innings of work.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it visits Lynchburg College for a doubleheader. Game one is slated to begin at 12:00 pm.