April 2, 2013

W&L Baseball Scores Three in the Eighth to Earn 7-4 Victory

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a 7-4 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The Royals (13-13, 3-6 ODAC) tallied three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game, 4-4, but the Generals (14-11, 8-5 ODAC) used a two-out rally to secure the win. Senior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) walked to start the inning with sophomore Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) dropping down a sacrifice bunt to move Nault into scoring position.

Senior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was then intentionally walked to set up a potential double play. On a 0-1 pitch to senior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside), W&L attempted a hit and run. Salley swung through the pitch, and Nault was thrown out at third. EMU let its guard down after the out, and Stutts was able to take third on the play. 

Salley gave the Blue and White the lead (5-4) with a single to right field on a 1-2 count. Sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) followed with a hit up the middle that advanced Salley to third. Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) plated the second run of the inning on a RBI single to right, and pinch runner Philip Anderson (Atherton, Calif./Menlo) scored the final tally (7-4) when junior Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) reached on an error.

Senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) started the contest for the Generals and was dominate for most of his outing. After giving up a run in the second, he retired the next 17 batters, which allowed the Generals to take a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning.

In the top of the eighth, the Royals finally got some hits off Wisotsky, and tagged him for three runs to force him out of the game. Junior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) came on to get the final out of the inning to preserve the tie and allow the Generals to do their damage in the bottom half of the frame. Rudolph (1-1) earned his first victory of season, pitching the final 1.1 innings. He struck out three batters, while giving up two hits.

First-year Austin Oliver (Gordonsville, Va./Orange County) took the loss for Eastern Mennonite, after throwing just 0.2 innings of relief. He allowed one run on no hits, but walked two batters. Sophomore Justin Rodriguez (Miramar, Fla./Pace) finished the day 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI to lead the Royals.

Senior Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) had three hits for W&L and a RBI. Stutts, Maragos and Weprinsky all had two hits for the Blue and White, with Maragos tallying two RBI.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Averett for a 3:00 pm contest.

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