LEXINGTON, Va. — Southern Virginia scored three runs in the top of the ninth to earn a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals (19-8) held a 7-5 lead to start the final inning. First-year pitcher Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) walked the first two batters, and then junior David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) came on in relief. First-year right fielder Cole Critchfield then singled to center to load the bases for the Knights (9-22).
Senior first baseman Zach McNally lifted a sacrifice fly to right center to trim the deficit to 8-7. With runners on first and third, the Knights attempted a suicide squeeze, but Van Geluwe fielded the ball and flipped it with his glove to senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) who tagged out the runner at home.
With runners on first and second and two outs, senior catcher Justin Keefer singled to center to bring home the tying run, 7-7. Van Geluwe walked the next two batters to push the go-ahead run (8-7) across the plate, before ending the inning by inducing a ground out.
In the bottom of the frame, Paton reached on an error by the first baseman with one out. Senior designated hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) was next to bat, and he lined out to the shortstop who then threw to first to double off Paton and end the game.
Van Geluwe suffered the loss for the Blue & White to fall to 1-1. He allowed one run in 1.0 inning on two hits and two walks. Junior pitcher Jonathan Hodges (1-1) earned the victory for SVU. He threw 4.2 innings of relief. He did not allow a run and gave up just one hit.
The Generals scored three runs in the first and three in the second to take an early 6-0 advantage. In the first with the bases loaded, first-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) had an RBI fielder's choice, and then Paton and Baldy followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
W&L scored its three runs in the second on an RBI double by senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) and a two-run double by Monson. The Knights got back into the contest with four runs in the top of the fourth, and then each team added a tally in the fifth to set up the dramatic finish.
Paton was the only General to record two hits in the contest. He finished the game 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Monson was 1-for-5 with three RBI.
The Blue and White host top-ranked Shenandoah on Wednesday at 4:00 pm.
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