LYNCHBURG, Va. — Despite a game-tying three-run home run by first-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) in the top of the ninth inning, the fourth-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team lost to third-seeded Bridgewater, 5-4, in 10 innings on Friday at the ODAC Tournament at City Stadium.
The Generals (18-12) entered the ninth, trailing 4-1. Sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) led off the frame by reaching on an error. After a fly out, first-year pinch hitter Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) singled to right to put runners on first and third. Weston came to the plate and tied the game (4-4) with a homer to left. It marked his third of the season.
The Eagles (27-11) loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but junior pitcher Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) got out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out to center. The Blue and White failed to score in the top of the 10th, and Bridgewater once again loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning.
This time, senior catcher Tyler Hoffman grounded into a fielder's choice, which brought home sophomore first baseman Brendan Howell for the game-winning run (5-4).
Smith (1-1) took the loss for the Generals, pitching the final 1.1 innings. He gave up one run on four hits with two intentional walks. Kyle Henshaw (6-2) earned the win for the Eagles. Henshaw entered the game in the 10th and gave up one hit.
Senior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) started the W&L and pitched 8.0 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks. Senior Nick Corbin went 9.0 innings for Bridgewater. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) led the off the game with a home run to left center to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. It marked his conference-leading 11th homer of the year, and the 18th of Dolan's career. He is now in a tie with Michael Hanson '03 for third in program history in career homers. His 11 this season are the most in a single year by a W&L player.
Bridgewater tied the game in the bottom of the third on a RBI double by sophomore designated hitter Ryan Leake, and took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the fourth.
The Generals will now play top-seeded Shenandoah on Friday at 2:30 pm at City Stadium. The Hornets defeated Hampden-Sydney earlier on Thursday, 7-1. W&L is now one loss away from being knocked out of the double elimination tournament.
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