March 21, 2014

W&L Baseball Knocks Off Bridgewater, 5-2

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Sophomore right-hander Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa. / The Hill School) allowed just one earned run over 6.0 innings of work to lead the Washington and Lee baseball team past Bridgewater by a score of 5-2 on Friday afternoon.

The Eagles (11-7, 4-3) opened the scoring in the first inning after junior left fielder Derrik Walling produced a one-out triple to center field.  After a pair of walks, he scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Brendan Howell.

W&L (10-6, 3-4) got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when junior shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) singled home junior second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga. / Lambert) with a base hit through the right side of the infield.

The Generals took the lead four good in the fourth inning, pushing across two runs for a 3-1 advantage.  Junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga. / Westminster) got on base with one out after an error by sophomore third baseman Justin Petock, and advanced to third on a single to right center by first-year first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga. / Newnan).  Both Weprinsky and Swenson then scored on a two-run double to left center by senior designated hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman).

Bridgewater got a run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by senior center fielder Nick Fulk, but managed just two hits for the remainder of the game.  W&L tacked on an RBI single by senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md. / Landon) in the seventh inning and another on an RBI base hit by Swenson in the eighth.

Tipping surrendered just seven hits over his six innings, striking out one and walking three in improving to 2-1 on the season.  He was relieved by first-year left-hander Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla. / Berkeley Prep) and junior right-hander Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va. / Hidden Valley).  Baldy hit two batters but did not allow a run in the seventh, while Smith pitched a perfect final two innings to record the save.

Rowe and Swenson led the Generals at the plate, both going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Witty finished 1-for-3 with the two-run double.

Senior right-hander Robert Gallet took the loss for Bridgewater, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) over 6.0 innings.  Fulk finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and Howell was 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Eagles' batters. 

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Roanoke College for a double-header starting at 12:00 noon.

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