W&L Baseball Advances to ODAC Championship with 10-6 Win over Hornets

W&L Baseball Advances to ODAC Championship with 10-6 Win over Hornets

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The second-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team scored five runs in the top of the sixth en route to a 10-6 victory over top-seeded and third-ranked Shenandoah on Sunday at City Stadium in Lynchburg.

With the victory, the Generals (28-12) advanced to the ODAC Championship game on Monday at 12:00 pm. The loss knocked the Hornets (36-8) out of the tournament.

The Blue and White led 3-2 entering the top of the sixth. Senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) led off the frame with a single to right. Senior designated hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) followed with a double to right to put runners on second and third.

Senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) was next to the plate, and he lifted a sacrifice fly to right center to plate Paton (4-2). Senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) singled to third to put runners on the corners.

Junior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) blooped a single into short left to plate Baldy, 5-2, and junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) followed with an RBI single through the right side to push the lead to 6-2. Junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) capped the scoring with a two-run single to center to extend the advantage to 8-2.

Shenandoah outscored W&L, 4-2, over the final three innings to reach the final margin, 10-6. The Hornets had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but sophomore reliever Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) induced a pop out and recorded back-to-back strikeouts to close out the contest.

First-year starter Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) started the game for W&L and earned the victory to improve to 2-2. He went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Zach Teeple (3-2) took the loss for Shenandoah. He went 5.1 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits.

Ruedisili finished the day 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. He hit his fifth home run of the season in the top of the third, when he launched a two-run shot over the wall in right. Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) was 3-for-4 with one run and Crane was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.  

The 28 victories for W&L ties for the most in a single season in program history. The 2003 team went 28-8. The last time the Blue and White was in the championship game was during the 2009 tournament when W&L won its lone ODAC title.

The Generals face the Maroons at 12:00 pm on Monday. Roanoke will need to beat the Blue and White twice to claim the title, since the Maroons have already lost once this weekend. W&L wins the ODAC Championship with just one victory. If Roanoke wins the game at noon, the two teams will play again at 3:00 pm.

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