LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored 20 runs on 28 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep over Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Senior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) dominated game one, throwing 8.0 shutout innings to take the opener, 10-0. Senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) went 4-for-5 with three RBI in the contest. In game two, the Generals (7-5) scored seven unanswered runs in a 10-6 come from behind victory.
Concklin needed just 92 pitches to hold the Lions (1-9) to three hits in game one. He struck out five batters, while only allowing one walk. First-year Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) and junior Brian Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga./Allatoona) pitched a scoreless ninth to finish off the combined shutout.
After tallying one run in the first on an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School), the Blue and White added three in the third. Senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) came home on an errant throw by the center fielder, and then senior designated hitter Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) lifted a sacrifice fly to right to bring junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) across the plate. W&L scored its final run of the inning on an RBI double by first-year left fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland).
The Generals had a 6-0 lead entering the sixth. In that inning with runners on first and second, Feeley singled up the middle to score junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep). Weston followed with a towering fly ball to center, which landed just out of the reach of the center fielder. Feeley and Rudesili scored (9-0) on the play, as Weston registered his first triple of the season.
W&L added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI double by Weston to reach the final margin, 10-0. Sophomore Travis Van Houten suffered the loss for Penn State Harrisburg to fall to 1-1. He allowed nine earned runs on 15 hits in 5.2 innings.
The Lions held a 6-3 advantage through four innings of game two. The Generals cut the lead to one, 6-5, in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) and a sacrifice fly by junior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy).
W&L took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Weston and Monson opened the frame with back-to-back singles. The runners advanced on a passed ball, and Weston tied the contest (6-6) on a ground out by Paton.
Penn State Harrisburg pulled the infield in, and Smalley hit a ball just to the left of sophomore second baseman Jackson Struve. Struve snagged the grounder, but Monson beat the throw to the plate to give W&L a 7-6 lead. Swenson then hit a chopper down the third base line that bounced off third baseman and rolled into foul territory in left field. Smalley came all the way home from first to extend the margin to 8-6. Swenson scored later in the inning on a single by Ruedisili.
The Generals added one final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Monson. Sophomore Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) threw 3.0 innings of relief to improve to 2-1. He gave up no runs on one hit, while striking out two. First-year Justin Kaplan took the loss for the Lions to fall to 0-1. He allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 2.0 innings.
Over the course of the doubleheader, Weston was 6-for-10 with three RBI, four runs, a double and a triple. Monson went 6-for-9 with three RBI, two runs scored and two doubles. Ruedisili ended the day 4-for-8 with four runs scored and one RBI.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they host Southern Virginia at 4:00 pm.
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