W&L Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney

FARMVILLE, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored 14 runs in a doubleheader split at Hampden-Sydney on Saturday. The Generals (14-9, 7-7 ODAC) took an early lead and held on for a 6-5 victory in the opener. In game two, W&L scored six combined runs in the final two innings, but the Tigers (23-12, 7-9 ODAC) stifled the rally for a 9-8 win.

The Blue and White jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one. Senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) scored on a wild pitch, and then sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) plated first-year third baseman Colton Campbell (Deatsville, Ala./Holtville) on a sacrifice fly.

H-SC tied the game, after scoring one run in the first and the third, but the Generals responded with two more in the fourth. With one out and runners at second and third, junior second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) hit a two-run single to give W&L a 4-2 lead.

The Tigers trimmed the gap to one, 4-3, on a RBI triple by senior third baseman Hunter Lewis in the bottom of the third, but senior designated hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) stretched the advantage back to two (5-3) on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Each team scored in their next at bats, but junior Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) gave up one run in the final four innings to close out the 6-5 win for the Generals.

Senior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) started the game for W&L and earned his fourth win of the season (4-2). He went 5.0 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. It marked the 54th career appearance for Rudolph, which tied the W&L record held by Peter Dean '04.

In his 4.0 innings, Smith allowed just two hits and one run on his way to his fourth save of the season. The four saves are tied for the third most in a single-season by a W&L pitcher. Smith now has five in his career, which is tied for third in program history.

First-year Trevor Otley (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 4.1 innings. He gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts.

In game two, the Tigers scored the game's first six runs and held a 9-2 advantage after four innings. Trailing by seven in the top of the eighth, first-year catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) and Biumi each singled to open the frame. Dolan followed with a RBI single to score Biumi and then junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) brought the Generals within five (9-4) on a one-run single.

After a single by junior shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) loaded the bases, Myer brought home Dolan (9-5) on a sacrifice fly. Following a lineout, Witty and first-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) each registered RBI singles to close the gap to 9-7. Paton ended the rally with a flyout to left.

The Generals had one last chance in the ninth, climbing to within one on a sacrifice fly by Weprinsky, but a line out by Rowe ended the game.

Lewis earned the victory for Hampden-Sydney to improve to 7-2. He gave up seven runs on 12 hits, while striking out five. Senior Aaron Stidham pitched the final 1.1 innings to record his third save of the year.

Sophomore Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa./The Hill School) took the loss to fall to 3-3. He failed to register an out in the first inning, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks.

Dolan finished the doubleheader 6-for-10 with four runs and one RBI. Rowe went 4-for-10 with two runs and one RBI.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Shenandoah for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 pm.

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