LEXINGTON, Va. — The Randolph-Macon pitching staff combined for 23 strikeouts over two games to earn a doubleheader sweep over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Junior Colin Selby struck out a career-best 14 batters to lead the eighth-ranked Yellow Jackets (16-3-1, 8-1 ODAC) to a 10-5 win in game one. The Generals (9-16, 2-9 ODAC) walked 13 batters in the second game en route to an 8-1 loss.
The Blue and White scored the first two runs of the opener in the first inning. W&L took a 1-0 lead with a RBI double to right by junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) and then a RBI ground out by senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) extended the advantage to 2-0.
R-MC answered with a two-out rally in the second. After the first two Yellow Jackets were quickly retired, Randolph-Macon tallied five straight singles to grab a 3-2 advantage. The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with one out in the third, and then a RBI ground out and a two-run double by sophomore third baseman Michael Nickles stretched the R-MC margin to 7-2.
Trailing 10-2 in the eighth, the Blue and White tallied its final three runs of the game. With runners on second and third and one out, senior designated hitter Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) knocked a RBI single (10-3) into left field, and first-year left fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) followed with a one-run single, 10-4, through the left side. The Generals notched their final tally on an R-MC error.
Selby pitched 7.0 innings to improve to 5-1. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He only had two walks compared to his 14 strikeouts. Senior pitcher Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) suffered the loss for W&L. He allowed six runs on seven hits with three walks in 2.2 innings to fall to 1-3.
The Yellow Jackets struck early in game two by scoring two runs in the second inning. Then in the fourth, Randolph-Macon rallied for four runs with two outs (6-0), aided by three walks by W&L first-year starter Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va./James River), a wild pitch, a passed ball and throwing error by senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding).
The Generals got on the board in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland), but R-MC put the game away on a two-run home run by sophomore catcher Reece Yeargain in the sixth.
Junior pitcher Nick Roth (5-0) threw 7.0 innings to earn the victory for the Yellow Jackets. He allowed one unearned run on seven hits with eight strikeouts. McCann took the loss, falling to 2-3. He gave up six runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks.
For the day, Smalley went 4-for-9 with two runs and one RBI. Loewenberg finished 3-for-9 with one run, one RBI and one double.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, hosting 24th-ranked Shenandoah at 4:00 pm.
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