LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team gave up seven runs in the first two innings to Southern Virginia on Wednesday, and the Knights held on for a 14-8 victory at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
SVU (7-4) plated two runs in the opening inning on a RBI single by junior first baseman Josh Linn (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee) and a RBI fielder's choice by senior third baseman Trager Hintze (Purcell, Okla./College of Eastern Utah).
The Knights added five more in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead. Southern Virginia scored on a two-run single by junior Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee), a two-RBI double by Linn and on an error by sophomore second baseman Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park).
The Generals (5-4) cut into the deficit (7-2) in the second on a two-run home run over the left field wall by senior catcher Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School). In the fourth, W&L added two more on a RBI single by Rowe and a RBI single by sophomore outfielder Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) to get within three, 7-4.
The Knights sealed the victory in the top of the sixth inning on a grand slam by senior outfielder Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz./Highlighd), which gave SVU an 11-4 advantage. Southern Virginia finished its scoring with two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
The Generals tallied a run in the seventh on a home run by junior outfielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon). Then, the team added one in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
W&L used five pitchers in the contest with each giving up at least one earned run, except for sophomore Andrew Shott (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) who got the final two outs of the game. Sophomore Andrew Lamb (Lexington, S.C./Hammond) took the loss, after pitching 2.0 innings. He gave up seven runs (six earned), while striking out one. Deary, Dolan, sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster), and senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) each totaled two hits for the Generals.
Southern Virginia recorded 17 hits in the game with only one error. W&L had 15 hits, but also committed four errors. Senior Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss./Forest) earned the victory for the Knights, which was his second of the season. He completed 6.2 innings, while throwing 117 pitches. He allowed five runs and 10 hits with seven strikeouts.
The Generals open ODAC play this Saturday when they host Lynchburg for a doubleheader at 12:00 pm.
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