LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored 18 runs on 21 hits in an 18-2 home victory over Averett on Wednesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. Senior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) led the way with five RBI and three runs, while finishing the day 4-for-4.
The Generals (15-11) used a seven-run third inning to put the Cougars (22-12) away early in the contest. Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) singled to start the inning. Following a fielder's choice by junior Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon), the next two batters reached on errors, which allowed Dolan to score. Senior Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) then walked to load the bases.
Sophomore Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./) brought one run home on a single to left. Senior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) followed with a single over the third base bag to plate senior Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick). Salley knocked in Savas on a single through the left side, and sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) recorded a RBI groundout to second to bring the score to 8-0. Maragos capped the scoring (10-0) with a two-run double to right for his second hit of the inning. In all, the Generals totaled seven runs, five hits and seven RBI in the frame.
The Blue and White added two in the fifth and two more in the sixth, before scoring its final four runs in the bottom of the eighth. First-year Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) hit a bases-loaded triple to pick up the first three RBI of his collegiate career. First-year Andrew Head (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) knocked in Myer later in the inning on a single to right.
Senior Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) earned the victory for the Generals, pitching 5.0 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Sophomores Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) and first-year Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa./The Hill School) pitched the final 4.0 innings of relief. The threesome gave up no runs on just one hit and one walk.
Senior Tyler Long (Durham, N.C./Jordan) took the loss for the Cougars, failing to get out of the third inning. He allowed eight runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He dropped to 3-2 on the year. Averett used four relief pitchers, which combined to give up 10 runs (eight earned) in 5.2 innings.
Along with Salley, Stutts and Maragos each had three hits in the game. Maragos, Weprinsky, Myer and Rowe all had three RBI. Weprinsky extended his team-best hitting streak to 20 games, while Stutts moved his to 13 and Salley pushed his to 12.
The Generals will take the next week off for final exams before returning to ODAC play on Saturday, April 13, for a home doubleheader against Hampden-Sydney at 12:00 pm.
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