Randolph-Macon Stifles W&L Baseball, 15-3
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Fourth-seeded Randolph-Macon pounded out 22 hits en route to a 15-3 win over the sixth-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team on day two of the ODAC Tournament at City Stadium in Lynchburg on Friday afternoon.
W&L (13-18) benefited from a pair of Yellow Jacket errors in the fourth inning to load the bases with no outs. Following a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft School) that made the score 7-1, R-MC’s Michael Helbig induced a groundout out and a foul out to get out of the inning with just the one run surrendered.
The Yellow Jackets then scored five more runs in the bottom of the frame to assume a 12-1 lead in cruising to the 12-run victory.
Sophomore Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) took the loss (4-2) for the Generals as he allowed seven runs (3 earned) on 10 hits and one walk in 3.0 innings.
Helbig improved to 4-2 with the win as he allowed just four hits and one run (unearned) with four strikeouts.
At the plate, the Generals were led by senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet), who finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) and first-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) were both 1-for-3 and first-year outfielder Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) drove in two runs with a double in his only plate appearance.
For R-MC, third baseman Adam Carpenter was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Shortstop Ryan Hughes was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored, centerfielder Brian Jordan finished 2-for-5 with two runs driven and one run scored while rightfielder Jeb Weymouth had three hits in four at-bats and drove in one run and scored twice.
With the loss, the Generals will await the loser of No. 3 Hampden-Sydney vs. No. 5 Lynchburg. W&L will take on the loser of that game on Saturday at 11:00 am at City Stadium.