April 16, 2013

Shenandoah Stings W&L Baseball in Doubleheader Sweep

WINCHESTER, Va. — Despite scoring 28 combined runs in a doubleheader at Shenandoah on Tuesday, the Washington and Lee baseball team lost both ODAC contests. The Hornets (25-9, 13-7 ODAC) recorded a 28-14 victory in the opener, and then came from behind for a 15-14 walk-off win in the second game.

Shenandoah tallied 43 runs on 44 hits, seven home runs, 13 doubles and one triple in the doubleheader. The Generals (15-15, 8-9 ODAC) totaled 28 runs on 34 hits, nine home runs, four doubles and one triple. W&L committed eight errors in the two games, which led to seven unearned runs.

W&L held an 11-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game. After recording the first two outs, starter Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) loaded the bases and junior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) came on in relief. Rudolph walked the first two batters he faced and hit the third to bring the score to 11-6.

Sophomore Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) relieved Rudolph and gave up back-to-back singles to sophomores Corbin Lucas and Michael Paul, which cut the deficit to two (11-9). An error by senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) allowed another run to come home, and junior Andrew Creamer tied the game, 11-11, on a single to right field.

Junior Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) hit his fourth home run of the season in the seventh to give the Generals a one-run advantage, 12-11. The Hornets responded with three in the bottom of the inning on four doubles to take a 14-12 lead. Stutts evened the game (14-14) in the eighth with a two-run home run over the left field wall.

Shenandoah scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to some shaky defense by the Blue and White. With a runner on first, senior Nick Beall hit a ball to third baseman Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton). Savas' made an errant throw to second, and first-year John Wilt advanced to third. Right fielder Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) missed his target getting the ball back into the infield and Wilt scored the winning run on the error.

Senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) took the loss for the Generals, pitching 1.2 innings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits to fall to 2-5. First-year Cameron Lundmark (1-1) earned his first win of the season, throwing the final 2.2 innings for the Hornets.

Sophomore Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) led W&L with five RBI in the game. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Lucas and Paul each tallied three RBI for Shenandoah.  

In the opener, Hornets scored 14 runs in the first four innings to take a 14-7 lead. The Blue and White responded with five combined runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but SU recorded a nine-run seventh to put the game away.

Sophomore Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) started the game, but could not get out of the fourth inning. He (0-4) suffered the loss, allowing 14 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits. Sophomore Matthew Wilson earned the victory in 1.2 innings of relief. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits.

Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) hit two home runs, and scored four runs. Maragos also hit a home run in the second game and is now tied with Stutts for the team lead with seven. Stutts led W&L with three RBI on a bases-loaded double in the second. Sophomore J.J. McDaniel went 5-for-6 to lead Shenandoah. He had two home runs and seven RBI.

The Generals travel to Eastern Mennonite on Thursday for a 4:00 pm game.

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