LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team split a double-header with New Jersey City University on Saturday at Smith Field. The Generals took game one by a score of 5-4, but fell in the nightcap, 8-4.
In the opener, the Gothic Knights scored single runs in the second and third innings for a 2-0 lead. However, the Generals pushed across four runs in the third inning on the strength of an RBI single by senior catcher Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) and a three-run triple by senior first baseman Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) to assume a 4-2 lead.
NJCU added one run in the fourth inning and tied it in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by senior left fielder Andrew Rivera (Edison, N.J./Edison) off of sophomore reliever Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley). W&L took the lead right back in the bottom half of the seventh when Mait produced a two-out RBI single that scored senior right fielder Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside).
Senior left-hander Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings without allowing a hit to earn his second save of the season for the Generals. Smith earned his first win of the season (1-0), hurling 2.2 innings and allowing two hits with one earned run. Senior right-hander Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) started the game, allowing two earned runs on four hits in five innings of work.
Maragos finished 2-of-3 at the plate with three RBI. Mait went 2-for-3 with two RBI as well.
Senior centerfielder Michael Patterson (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Gothic Knights. First-year right-hander Tommy Trela (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) allowed five earned runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn the loss (0-1).
In the second game, NJCU (1-2) scored five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back in claiming the 8-4 win. Back-to-back RBI doubles by sophomore shortstop Michael Martucci (Bayonne, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) and first-year catcher Andrew Niech (Avenel, N.J./Colonia) spearheaded the inning for the Gothic Knights.
The Generals (3-1) got on the board with a single run in the sixth inning when senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1. However, NJCU pushed across two runs in the eighth inning for a 7-1 lead.
W&L scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 7-4 game. Salley singled to start the inning and Stutts followed with a two-run homerun to left field. Maragos followed with his second triple of the day and scored on a ground out to shortstop by senior catcher Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School). The Gothic Knights tacked on one more run in the ninth and held the Generals scoreless in the bottom half of the frame for their first win of the season.
Stutts finished 2-of-4 with a double, a homerun and two RBI, while Deary was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Sophomore right-hander Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) took the loss (0-1) after allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Patterson led NJCU by going 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Sophomore right-hander Kevin DeMauro (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) allowed just one unearned run and three hits in seven innings to pick up the win (1-0).
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Emory University at 2:00 pm.