LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision to Ferrum College in the Generals’ regular-season finale at Cap’n Dick Smith Field on Tuesday evening.
Ferrum (22-13) senior Brian Mays (Eagle Rock, Va./James River) limited the Generals (12-17) to just eight hits (7 singles) and one walk in picking up the complete-game win (6-3). He walked one and struck out eight.
Sophomore Jody Davis (McLean, Va./Langley) took the loss (1-4) for W&L as he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Ferrum jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by first-year designated hitter Chris Beacom (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI). The Panthers extended their lead to 2-0 in the third inning as junior first baseman Justin Franklin (Appomattox, Va./Appomattox) drove in senior second baseman Jason Butterworth (Crozet, Va./Western Albermarle) with a single.
In the fifth inning, first-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) pulled W&L to within 2-1 when he drove in first-year leftfielder George Youmans (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) with a single, but Ferrum tallied single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to preserve the win.
Sophomore centerfielder Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) led W&L at the plate as he was 2-for-4. Senior designated hitter Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) finished 1-for-3 with a double, while senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) and first-year second baseman Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) were both 1-for-2.
Franklin finished 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Panthers. Butterworth was 2-for-5 with a run scored and Beacom was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Generals return to action on Thursday on day one of the ODAC Tournament. The Generals, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, will take on Top-seeded Bridgewater at 11:00 am at City Stadium in Lynchburg.