W&L Baseball Sweeps VWC to Clinch Spot in ODAC Tournament
LEXINGTON, Va. — Needing a win to get into the ODAC Tournament, the Washington and Lee baseball team did one better and swept a doubleheader against Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals (18-15, 11-9 ODAC) scored nine runs in the first inning of game one, and held on for a 15-11 victory. In the second game, W&L used three home runs to earn a 9-4 win over the Marlines (11-24, 8-12 ODAC).
In the first inning of the opener, senior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) led off with a single and senior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) followed with a walk. Sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) then hit a ball into the hole between second and short and beat out the throw for infield single. Stutts was able to score on the throw, as it got away from the first baseman.
Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Blue and White a 2-0 lead. After a hit by pitch and a fielder's choice, senior Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) ripped a two-run triple to center, and senior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) brought in Scalzo (5-0) on a single to right center.
In his second at bat of the inning, Stutts doubled down the left field line to plate sophomore Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), and Salley capped the inning with a three-run home run to left to give W&L a 9-0 advantage.
The teams went back and fourth in the middle innings, with the Generals holding a 13-5 lead after seven innings. In the top of the eighth, the Marlins scored six to cut the lead to two, 13-11. Senior Matt Ittner (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) hit a one-run single through the left side, senior Kenneth Belgrave (Norfolk, Va./Granby) had a two-RBI single to right center and sophomore Casey Bryant (Birginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) smacked a three-run homer to left center.
In the bottom half of the inning, Scalzo pushed the game to its final margin with a two-run homer to center. Scalzo missed hitting for the cycle by a double. He ended the game 3-for-4 with a single a home run and a triple. He also totaled six RBI and two runs.
Senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) earned his third victory of the year to improve to 3-5. He went 5.0 innings, gave up three runs and struck out one. Sophomore Dylan Stoskus (Ashburn, Va./Arlington) was the starter for the Marlins and suffered the loss, after failing to get out of the first inning. He gave up nine runs on six hits in 0.2 innings.
In the second game, Stutts, Salley and junior Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) all homered to propel the team to victory. Salley' s solo shot in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie, Stutts extended the lead to 3-1 with a solo homer in the sixth and Dolan's three-run home run in the eighth gave the team a 9-3 lead. It was Salley's and Stutts' eighth of the season and Dolan's seventh.
Junior Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) started the game for the Generals and pitched 5.0 innings. He allowed one run and struck out four. Sophomore Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) earned the victory for W&L, pitching 2.0 innings of relief. Junior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) threw the final two innings to earn the save.
Sophomore Alex Tucci (Stewartstown, Pa./York Catholic) took the loss, throwing 7.2 innings. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) and striking out six on 138 pitches.
Weprinsky recorded a hit in both games to extend his hitting streak to 25. Stutts also had a hit in both contests, and improved his streak to 20.
The Generals will be the fourth seed in the ODAC Tournament and will play third-seeded Shenandoah on Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 pm at City Stadium in Lynchburg.
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