Piedmont Tops Generals, 11-4, in Baseball

Piedmont Tops Generals, 11-4, in Baseball

DEMOREST, Ga. -- Piedmont College erupted for eight runs over the middle three innings in producing an 11-4 win over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Wednesday afternoon at Loudermilk Field.

The Lions (5-0) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Matt Youtsey that scored Garrett Lovelace, who had walked to start leadoff the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a single.

The Generals (0-5) came back to knot the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning when senior second baseman Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) hit a sacrifice fly to center that brought in senior outfielder C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease).

However, the Lions struck back for three runs in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run home run by Josh Bailey, to go up 4-1. The lead grew to 8-1 after the sixth inning as the Lions scored an unearned run on a W&L error and two batters later Kevin D'Antignac belted a three-run blast.

A Davis three-run bomb in the seventh inning gave Piedmont an 11-4 advantage before the Generals scored twice in the eighth inning and once in the ninth. Senior Ben Thomas (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) and first-year Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) each had RBI doubles in the eighth, and Thomas added a sacrifice fly in the ninth that scored James to account for the final score.

Senior Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) started for the Generals and took the loss, falling to 0-2. He allowed two runs on four walks and three hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out one.

At the plate, James finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Generals. Thomas finished 1-for-1 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

W&L is back on the diamond on Thursday when it travels to Greensboro for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 pm.