W&L Baseball Succumbs to Piedmont, 12-5

W&L Baseball Succumbs to Piedmont, 12-5

DEMOREST, Ga. – The Washington and Lee baseball team dropped the final game of its three-game swing through Georgia, 12-5, to Piedmont College on Wednesday afternoon at Loudermilk Field.

The Lions (5-4) jumped all over W&L junior Pat Smith (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), tagging the Generals' starter for six runs (5 earned) over the first four innings to race out to a 6-0 lead. Smith (0-1) allowed eight hits and one walk in 4.0 innings, while striking out two.

PC added two more runs in the fifth inning to build an 8-0 lead before the Generals (2-3) got on the scoreboard.  In the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) singled in sophomore Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) with two outs  to make it an 8-1 ballgame.

The Lions got the run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by senior John Duke, putting PC back up eight runs, 9-1.

W&L's bats came to life in the seventh inning as the Generals plated four runs, including a two-RBI double off the bat of Nault, to creep to within four runs at 9-5.

However, the rally was short-lived as Piedmont tallied three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final margin.

Nault finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs for W&L and Salley added two hits in two at-bats, with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior third baseman Chas Straface (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and senior leftfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

First-year Mike Palicz (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) was one of three relievers for the Generals, allowing one run in 2.2 innings of work. He allowed just one hit with no walks and struck out one.

Duke finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for PC and was one five Lions to record a multi-hit game as Piedmont's 1-5 hitters were a combined 11-for-22 with three doubles, a home run, 8 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

First-year Matt Lisk picked up the win, allowing three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 5.0 shutout innings.

W&L returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Emory & Henry for an ODAC doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 12:00 pm.