March 26, 2012

W&L Baseball Swept by Hampden-Sydney in ODAC Doubleheader

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team was swept in an ODAC doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney on Monday afternoon.

The Generals (10-12, 4-4 ODAC) saw the Tigers (9-13, 4-2) rally in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win in the opener. H-SC then dropped W&L, 11-2, in the nightcap.

In game one, W&L took a 4-0 lead with three runs in the seventh inning. Junior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) scored the first run of the frame on a Tiger error that allowed senior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) to reach first base. After a sacrifice bunt moved Decembrino into scoring position, senior Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) reached on another H-SC fielding miscue that allowed Decembrino to advance to third.

Junior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) made it a 3-0 W&L lead with an RBI double that scored Decembino and junior Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) followed with an RBI single that plated James for a 4-0 General advantage.

The Tigers quickly knotted the contest at 4-4 with one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Jordan Wind, Patrick Kuhns and Jeff Gray all had RBI base hits in the eighth for H-SC as the Tigers tied the game.

Junior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run, his third of the season, to put W&L back on top, 5-4.

However, in the bottom of the ninth a lead-off single, hit batsmen and sacrifice bunt put H-SC runners on second and third with one out. W&L then intentionally walked Christian Hamlett to load the bases. A Wind single tied the game at 5-5 and moved everybody up 90 feet before Kuhns was hit by a pitch to drive in the game-winning run.

H-SC's rally spoiled a fine outing by W&L starter Pat Smith (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge). The senior lefthander allowed one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Junior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in 1.0 innings of relief.

Kyle McKay picked up the win, allowing one run on three hits and one walk in 2.0 innings. H-SC starter Dan Nicoil was tagged for four runs (1 ER) on four hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Stutts finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Mait added two hits in five at-bats with an RBI and Nault was 1-for-3 with a walk, and RBI and a run scored.

Wind was 2-for-5 at the plate for H-SC. He drove in two and scored once. Gray and Hunter Lewis were each 2-for-4 with an RBI, Gray scored once and Kuhns finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

In the nightcap, the Generals committed four errors in the field and were limited to just six hits in falling, 11-2.

Mait put W&L on top 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI groundout that scored James after he had reached on an error an moved up on a Salley double.

H-SC answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame as a pair of W&L fielding errors led to the Tigers runs. Gray reached on an error with one out that scored Wind, who had led off the inning reaching on a fielding miscue. Erick Herrmann had an RBI double and Beau Flinchum singled in Herrmann for the 3-1 lead.

H-SC added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to assume a 6-2 lead after W&L had pulled to within 5-2 on a Decembrino RBI single. The knockout blow came in the eighth inning as the Tigers erupted for five runs, including a two-run single by Gray and another hit batsman with the base loaded.

Junior Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) started for W&L and took the loss (3-3). He gave up six runs (1 ER) on eight hits and no walks with one strikeout in 6.0 innings.

Zach Whitaker picked up his fourth win of the season (4-2), holding the Generals to two runs (1 ER) on six hits, three walk and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

Decembrino was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base to lead W&L at the plate. Senior C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) was 1-for-4 with a run and Salley was 1-for-3 with a walk. Stutts saw his hitting streak snapped at 16 games, going 0-for3 with a walk.

Gray and Herrmann were both 2-for-5 for the Tigers. Each player drove in two runs, while Gray scored once and Herrmann crossed home three times. Flinchum finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

The Generals return to the diamond on Wednesday, hosting Bridgewater at 5:00 pm.

 

 

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