LEXINGTON, Va. -- First-year righthander Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) threw four strong innings in relief to earn his first collegiate win as the Washington and Lee baseball team knocked off Ferrum, 7-5, on Tuesday evening at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Hedberg relieved senior Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) in the sixth inning with a runner on second and nobody out in a 4-4 ballgame. The rookie righthander retired the first three batters he faced to preserve the tie.
W&L (12-15) took the lead for good in the seventh inning on RBI singles by junior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) and junior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) to make it a 6-4 ballgame as the Generals won for just the second time in their last nine games.
A bunt single by senior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) made it 7-4 in favor of the Generals in the eighth inning before Taryn Hayden scored on a wild pitch for Ferrum (19-11) in the top of the ninth.
After the Panthers scored a run in the top of the first inning, W&L took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single off the bat of junior Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School).
FC tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning on an RBI single by Matt Reynolds.
The Generals regained the lead, 4-2, on a two-run home run by Salley in the fifth inning. However, Ferrum once again knotted the scored (4-4) in the top of the sixth and chased Strong.
Hedberg finished with one run allowed on two hits in 4.0 innings. Strong allowed four runs (3 ER) on six hits and three walks with a strikeout in 5.0 innings.
Javin Metz took the loss for Ferrum. He surrendered two runs on four hits in 2.0 inning of relief.
Salley finished 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs at the plate. Decembrino added three hits in four at-bats and Maragos, Deary and junior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) each had two base hits as W&L out-hit Ferrum, 15-8.
Jason Parker was 2-for-4, the only Panther player to record multiple hits, and scored one run. Eddie McGrath was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Mennonite at 5:00 pm.