LYNCHBURG, Va. – The No. 3 Washington and Lee baseball team fell, 1-0 in 14 innings, to No. 4 Randolph-Macon on the opening day of the 2011 ODAC Tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Randolph-Macon junior Brian Jordan's RBI single with two outs in the top of the 14th inning off sophomore Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) proved the game-winning run in the longest game in ODAC Tournament history. The longest game had been 12 innings, done four times previously.
R-MC's (18-17) win spoiled en epic starting pitching performance from W&L (15-15) senior Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial). Laswell, the 2011 ODAC Pitcher of the Year, proved worthy of the award as he tossed 10.0 shutout innings in earning a no decision. He allowed just seven hits and one walk while striking out career-high 12 batters.
R-MC senior Kyle Hicks was equal to the task as he tossed 8.0 shutout innings for the Yellow Jackets. Hicks surrendered five hits and three walks while striking out nine before giving way to sophomore Dale Langford.
Langford earned the win (2-1) with 6.0 innings of shutout relief. He allowed five hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
After falling behind 1-0, The Generals were able to load the bases with just one out in the 14th. However, Langford was able to strike out junior Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) before getting sophomore Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) to ground into a game-ending 6-4 fielder's choice.
Wisotsky took the loss (0-2), allowing the lone run on two hits in 2.0 innings. Sophomore Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./RIverwood) took over for Laswell and tossed 2.0 shutout innings of his own. He allowed two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Junior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) led the Generals at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a walk. Sophomore Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) added two hits in five at-bats.
For R-MC, junior Jordan Walton was 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles. Senior Cory Jackson and senior Greg Mitro were each 2-for-6 as well.
With the loss, the Generals will face top-seeded Bridgewater at 3:00 pm on Thursday.