ASHLAND,Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team rallied for a four runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 8-6 win in the nightcap of an ODAC doubleheader against Randolph-Macon and earn a split of the twin bill with the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon at Estes Park. R-MC won the first game 14-8.
W&L moved to 13-11 overall and 10-4 in the ODAC while R-MC is 14-14 on the season and 8-5 in the conference. Game two was called due to darkness with W&L at bat in the ninth inning.
R-MC blew open game one with six runs in the sixth inning to assume a 10-2 lead and then held off a late W&L scoring surge.
After the Yellow Jackets went up 2-0 after the second inning, W&L knotted the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning on a solo home run by sophomore Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) and an RBI triple by junior C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease).
However, the Yellow Jackets came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame and then added six runs in the sixth as W&L committed three errors in the inning to help R-MC's cause.
The Generals got two of those runs back in the seventh to pull within 10-4, but four more tallies by the Yellow Jackets in the seventh put the game out of reach.
Thompson led the Generals with a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the plate. He drove in a pair of runs and scored twice. Sophomore Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School) finished 1-for-2 with a walk, two RBIS and a run and Maragos was 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs and an RBI.
Junior Jody Davis (McLean, Va./Langley) started for the Generals and was charged with the loss. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in 3.1 innings.
Junior Jordan Walton led R-MC, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, while senior Greg Mitro was 2-for-4 with four runs driven in.
Sophomore Jamie Hendrick started and picked up the win, surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
In game two, R-MC quickly jumped up 1-0 following an RBI double by sophomore Jeb Weymouth in the first inning. The Generals tied the contest at 1-1 in the second when sophomore Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) singled home Deary.
The Yellow Jackets inched ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Peter Culver before the Generals exploded for three runs in the third, including a two-run triple by Stutts to go up 4-2 in the third inning.
However, R-MC responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 4-4 before adding single runs in the sixth and seventh to go up 6-4.
The Generals rally in the eighth began with a one-out double by Thompson. He moved to third on a single by junior Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond), who got into scoring position on a wild pitch giving W&L runners at second and third with one out.
An RBI single by sophomore Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) drove in Thompson to cut R-MC's lead to 6-5 and junior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) followed with a two-run triple to put W&L up 7-6. Senior Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) then drove in the General's final run with a single putting W&L up 8-6.
In the eighth inning, the Yellow Jackets brought the tying run to the plate, but an inning-ending double play preserved the come-from-behind victory for W&L.
For W&L, Decembrino was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Cardona finished 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Thompson had two hits in four at-bats with a run scored.
Senior Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) started for the Generals and allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Junior Joe Gannett (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. He allowed just two hits and struck out one.
Culver, Walton and Weymouth each had a pair of base hits for the Yellow Jackets. Brian Jordan finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Michael Helbig started and allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. The loss was charged to senior James Bierlein, who surrendered three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Bridgewater at 5:00 pm.