March 2, 2013

W&L Baseball Opens ODAC Play with Sweep of Lynchburg

LEXINGTON, Va. — Opening ODAC play against the defending league champions on Saturday, the Washington and Lee baseball team swept Lynchburg at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. The Generals defeated the Hornets, 6-3, in the first, and held on for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

The W&L (7-4, 2-0 ODAC) pitching staff held the Hornets (6-6, 0-2 ODAC) to five runs on 13 hits in 18.0 innings. The Blue and White struck out 15 batters in the doubleheader.

Senior Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) went 6.2 innings to earn the victory in opener. He improved to 2-0 on the year, while striking out five. Senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) allowed one run in 2.0 innings of relief, and junior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) struck out the final batter of the game to record his second save of the season.

Sophomore Brandon Miller (Vesuvius, Va./Rockbridge County) took the loss, after giving up three runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings. He fell to 1-3 on the season.

The Hornets jumped out to the early lead on a solo home run to left field by senior shortstop Michael Kenah (Clifton, Va./James W. Robinson) in the top of the third.

The Blue and White took the lead (3-1) in the bottom of the fifth when it rallied for three runs. Senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) hit a RBI double over the head of the right fielder, senior outfielder Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) followed with a RBI single to center and senior first baseman Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to right, which plated Stutts.

Lynchburg got one run back, 3-2, with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but the Generals responded with two in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga.) ripped a one-run single to right field, and then later came around to score on a wild pitch to push the advantage to 5-2.

Stutts knocked in the team's final run with a RBI triple to center in the eighth. Lynchburg added one more in the ninth on a RBI single by Kenah, but Rudolph's strikeout sealed the victory for W&L.

In game two of the twinbill, Maragos launched a ball over the right-field fence in the bottom of the second to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. It was his first home run of the season. The Blue and White added to its lead in the third when junior outfielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) scored on an error. The Generals scored their final run of the contest on a RBI single by senior designated hitter Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) in the fifth.

The Hornets rallied in the sixth to close the gap to one, 3-2. Junior first baseman Dustin Arrowood (Lynchburg, Va./Rustburg) lined a one-run double to left center, and sophomore catcher Rob Tomasulo (Somers, N.Y./Somers) hit a RBI single to left. It would be all Lynchburg would be able to score, as the Generals' bullpen did not allow a run the rest of the game.

Junior Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) pitched 5.1 innings to earn the win. He improved to 2-1 on the season, while allowing two earned runs, four hits and striking out two. Sophomore Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) threw 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Rudolph pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning, with two strikeouts, to earn his second save of the day and third of the year.

Sophomore Martin Henderlite (Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt) was the tough-luck loser for the Hornets. He went 5.0 innings, gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out two in his first loss of the season. Sophomore Charlie Thieringer (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) pitched three perfect innings of relief, striking out three.

The Generals continue ODAC play on Wednesday when they travel to Bridgewater for a 4:00 pm game.

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