LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team totaled 22 hits and 18 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Emory & Henry on Thursday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
In game one, senior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) pitched 8.0 innings to lead the Generals (17-10, 10-8 ODAC) to a 5-3 victory. W&L had two four-run rallies in the second contest on its way to a 13-4 win.
Along with improving to 5-2 on the season, Rudolph set the W&L record for career appearances with 55. In his 55th appearance for the Generals, Rudolph allowed three runs on five hits with one strikeout. He came in tied for the record with Peter Dean '04 at 54.
Rudolph did work into some trouble in the ninth inning. With the Generals leading 5-1, he loaded the bases with no outs. Junior Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) came on in relief and worked out of the jam.
Smith forced the Wasps' (9-25, 5-14 ODAC) Matthew McInaw (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) into a double play, while surrendering one run (5-2). After a RBI double by Zack Hill (Fries, Va./Grayson County), Smith induced a groundout to end the contest and earn the save.
It marked Smith's fifth save, which is the third-most in a single season by a W&L pitcher. It was also the sixth of his career, which moved him into solo third on the all-time record list.
The Generals took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single by first-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula). W&L tallied its final three runs in the sixth.
Junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) hit a two-run double down the right field line, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on throwing error by the catcher to give the Blue and White a 5-1 advantage.
Sophomore Chase Kirk (Knoxville, Tenn./Hardin Valley Acad.) suffered the loss for the Wasps, falling to 1-2. He gave up five runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings.
With the score tied, 1-1, heading into the bottom of the third inning of game two, the Generals scored four runs to take a 5-1 advantage. Sophomore second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) scored the first run on a wild pitch, and junior shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) brought the next home on a double to left center.
W&L scored its final two runs of the inning on a RBI single by senior designated hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and a RBI single by Weston.
The Blue and White added one more in the fourth before stretching the lead to 10-1 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. During the rally, sophomore catcher Andrew Head (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) recorded a sacrifice fly, and Weprinsky ripped a three-run double to left center.
Each team would score three runs in the final four innings to reach the final margin. Over the course of the contest, the E&H pitching staff threw 10 wild pitches, walked six and hit one batter.
Sophomore Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa./The Hill School) earned the victory to improve to 4-3. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on 12 hits. First-year Caelan Canady (Browns Summit, N.C./Northeast Guilford) took the loss for the Wasps to fall to 0-1. He allowed seven runs on seven hits with four walks.
Weprinsky finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with three doubles, five RBI and two runs. Weston ended the day 3-for-9 with one run and three RBI.
With the two victories, W&L now sits in fourth-place in the ODAC standings with two games left to play. The Top 6 teams at the end of the regular season advance the ODAC Tournament.
The Generals will play their final two games of the regular season on Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan, starting at 2:00 pm.
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