LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored 10 runs, including two Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) home runs, and defeated Earlham, 10-8, on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. It marked the fourth straight game that Salley homered, with five total over the span.
The Generals (10-8) held a nine-run lead in the top of the ninth and had to hold off a late Quaker (4-10) charge to secure the victory.
The Blue and White held the early lead due to the pitching of sophomore Andrew Shott (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep). He kept Earlham off balanced for most of the day, pitching 7.0 innings to earn his first collegiate victory. He allowed only one earned run on five hits, while striking out a collegiate-high 11 batters. The 11 strikeouts were the most by an ODAC pitcher this season with 10 being the previous best.
W&L scored at least two runs in three innings, including three runs in the first to take a 3-1 lead. Senior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) led off the inning with a home run over the left field fence. Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) later singled home a run, and junior Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) capped the inning with a RBI single to left.
In the second, the Blue and White added two more on a RBI groundout by Salley and a one-run single up the middle by sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster). Salley's power was on display in the fourth when he ripped a ball over the left field wall for his first homer of the day, which pushed the lead to 6-1.
Salley struck again in the bottom of the sixth with his fifth home run of the season and his second of the day. The Generals stretched the lead to 9-1 in the seventh on a one-run double by senior Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) and a RBI groundout by Stutts. W&L scored its final run of the game on a single by senior Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill), which plated Weprinsky.
The Quakers did almost all of their damage in the top of the ninth. With one run already in and the bases loaded, junior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) came on in relief with one out. He gave up a RBI single to first-year Thomas Rea (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), and then walked in a run to put the score at 10-4. After a pop out, junior Ryan McCray (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) launched a grand slam over the left field fence to cut the advantage to 10-8. Rudolph forced junior Ted Williams (Harper Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North) to fly out to center to end the game.
Junior Adam Warning (Ft. Wright, Ky./Covington Catholic) took the loss for Earlham, after failing to get out of the second inning. He pitched 1.1 innings, while giving up five earned runs on four hits. Sophomore Garrett York (New Castle, Ind./New Castle) threw 5.2 innings of relief and allowed four runs.
Both teams dealt with difficult weather conditions, with wind gusts over 20 mph throughout the contest.
The Generals host Bridgewater on Wednesday at 4:00 pm for an ODAC contest.
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