GUILFORD ENDS W&L'S SEASON WITH A 3-0 WIN OVER THE GENERALS (4/29)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Senior righthander Chad Coward hurled a complete-game, seven-hit shutout to lead Guilford to a 3-0 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC Baseball Tournament action in Lynchburg, Va.

Guilford (25-17) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating its' first run when sophomore catcher Nick Black perfectly executed a squeeze bunt to score senior leftfielder Kevin Moore. Two batters later, sophomore rightfielder Zach Whicker scored on a balk by W&L freshman righthander Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy). The Quakers increased their lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Luke Kempton.

W&L (20-15) made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning, placing runners on second and third with just one out, but Coward was able to retire the next two batters to preserve his school-record fifth shutout of the year.

W&L was paced at the plate by senior first baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman), who went 3-for-4 on the day. Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) chipped in with two hits in four at bats. Hanson took the loss (7-3) despite going the distance and allowing only three earned runs.

W&L's season now ends, while Guilford will advance to play the loser of Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan.

 

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GENERALS DROP HEARTBREAKER TO VWC, 5-4, IN ODAC TOURNAMENT ACTION (4/28)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee, trailing 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, pushed two runs home in the frame but stranded the tieing run on second base in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to 11th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan in the opening round of the ODAC baseball tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, however, a bevy of activity followed in the final three innnings.

Virginia Wesleyan (30-7) tallied the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth as designated hitter Roger Carpenter doubled home J.C. Caperton.

W&L (20-14) responded with two runs in the top of the seventh as senior shortstop David Hanson led off the inning with a single. Hanson advanced to second after a walk to freshman designated hitter Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and both moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, both runs scored on single to left by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook).

The Marlins then retook the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the inning as centerfielder Norm Martel recorded an RBI double and was plated on a single by leftfielder Josh Longe.

VWC added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the Generals' defecit to three runs (5-2).

In the ninth, Gladysz singled and was pinch run for by junior Jason May (Houston, Texas/St. John's). Senior Andy Thompson (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter) then came through with a pinch hit double to right moving May to third. After a ground out to shortstop by freshman second baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) and a strikeout by Littlehale, sophomore third baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) singled to center scoring May and Thompson. Sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) then singled to center advancing Kozora to second. However, the game would end on the next play as VWC second basemen Scott James snared a hot shot off the bat of senior first baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and flipped to second forcing out Gosselink.

W&L was led at the plate by Kozora, who was 4-for-5 with two RBI's. Gladysz went 2-for-2 at the plate as well.

Virginia Wesleyan was led by Carpenter, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) pitched eight innings for the Generals and was saddled with the loss. He is now 7-5 on the season.

Releiver Heath Cataulin pitched three innings for the Marlins in upping his record to 2-3.

Washington and Lee will play on Saturday at 1:00 pm against the loser of a late matchup between second-seeded Bridgewater and third-seeded Guilford.

 

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W&L EARNS ODAC TOURNEY BID WITH DH SWEEP OF LYNCHBURG (4/22)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team claimed the final berth in next weekend's Old Dominion Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Lynchburg College on Saturday afternoon. The Generals won the opener by a 5-0 score before winning a 3-2 thriller in the nightcap.

In the opener, freshman righthander Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) hurled a complete-game four-hitter to propel W&L (20-13, 9-7 ODAC) to the win. The Generals opened the scoring with two outs in the top of the fourth inning when the Hornets' second baseman lost a pop-fly in the sun. W&L went on to score twice in the frame. The Generals added three insurance runs in the final two innings for the 5-0 final score. W&L was led by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) and sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) with three hits apiece. In going the distance, Hanson struck out five and did not walk a single batter.

In the nightcap, W&L received another tremendous pitching effort from junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg). The righthander hurled a complete-game four-hitter after just two days of rest since his last outing. The Hornets led for most of the contest. after scoring a lone run in the bottom of the first inning. The game remained at 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when W&L erupted for two runs to take the lead. The rally was started with a single by senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman). Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall then blasted a triple into the left-center gap, scoring pinch-runner Jason May (Houston, Texas/St. John's) to tie the contest at 1-1. Senior shortstop David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) then plated Marshall with an RBI single, giving W&L the 2-1 lead. Littlehale deposited his first home-run of the season over the leftfield fence in the top of the seventh, increasing the lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the seventh, LC notched one unearned run, but Sigler was able to regroup in retiring LC leadoff hitter Daniel Evans for the final out of the contest.

The Generals will take on top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in the first round of the ODAC Tournament next Friday, April 28th, at 4:00 pm. The tournament will be held at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM EASTERN MENNONITE (4/19)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team improved to 18-13, 7-7 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a pair of wins over visiting Eastern Mennonite University on Wednesday afternoon. The Generals claimed the first contest by a 4-2 score before squeaking out a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

In the opener, junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hurled a complete-game three-hitter to propel W&L (18-13, 7-7 ODAC) to the win. Sigler (6-4) pitched a hitless 4 2/3 innings before surrendering two unearned runs following a hit by Royals' first-baseman Mike Gale (Verona, Va./Fort Defiance). W&L led throughout the entire contest, which was begun on April 8th before being suspended due to rain. W&L held a 3-0 lead entering today's action, and was able to hold on for the 4-2 win. The Generals were led at the plate by freshman second-baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy), who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

In the nightcap, W&L received another tremendous pitching effort from senior Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady). The southpaw hurled 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs before surrendering to fellow senior David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy), who retired the final batter for his third save of the season. With the win, Stakem improved his pitching record to 3-3 on the year. The game was tied at 2-2 after 5 1/2 innings, but the Generals were able to rally for the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, freshman designated hitter Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) laced another double down the left-field line, scoring the game-winning run. Gladysz led W&L in the second contest with a 2-for-2 performance. Gale and junior centerfielder Mike Carpenter (New Hope, Va./Fort Defiance) led EMU with three hits apiece.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday, April 22nd, when they travel to Lynchburg College for a 12:00 pm doubleheader. The Generals must sweep both contests from the Hornets to secure the final berth in the upcoming ODAC Tournament (April 28-30).

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH FIFTH-RANKED VWC (4/16)

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team split an afternoon doubleheader with fifth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College on Sunday. The Generals blew by the Marlins, 10-1, in the opener, before suffering a 4-2 setback in the nightcap.

In the opener, junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hurled a complete-game five hitter to propel W&L (16-13, 5-7 ODAC) to the win. Sigler (5-4) outdueled VWC ace Brian Corbo, who took his first loss of the season (8-1). Corbo surrendered nine hits and six runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work. At the plate, the Generals were led by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook), who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The victory was a true team effort, as each W&L starter banged out at least one hit.

In the nightcap, W&L took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but was not able to score again in falling by a score of 4-2. The Generals managed only four hits off VWC starter Myron Trunick, who moved to 6-1 on the year with the win. Sophomore Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) paced W&L with a 2-for 3 effort at the plate. Freshman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) took the loss on the mound (6-2) despite working a complete-game eight-hitter. Wesleyan (27-7, 12-2 ODAC) was led offensively by Evan Spivey, who went 2-for-3 in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday, April 19th, when they host Eastern Mennonite in a 3:00 pm doubleheader that was rescheduled from Saturday, April 8th due to rain.

 

--GENERALS--


 

HORNETS HOLD OFF W&L, 3-2 (4/13)

WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Shenandoah University baseball team defeated Washington and Lee by a score of 3-2 on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in Winchester, Va.

W&L senior lefthander Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) suffered his third loss of the season on the mound (2-3) despite hurling a complete-game seven-hitter. Stakem walked only two Hornet batters while striking out four. Securing the win for SU (24-8) was Adrian Johnson, who hurled six innings while allowing only one run on three W&L hits.

At the plate, W&L (15-12) was led by senior centerfielder John Ezbiansky (Old Forge, Pa./Scranton Prep), who hammered out two hits in four at-bats and scored both of the Generals' runs. The Hornets were paced by Geoff Williams and Jeremy Schutt, each of whom garnered two hits in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday, April 15th, when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a 12:00 pm Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L DEFEATS SOUTHERN VIRGINIA, 21-5, IN BASEBALL (4/12)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team improved to 15-11 on the season with a 21-5 win over cross-town foe Southern Virginia College in collegiate baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.

The Generals (15-11) jumped ahead early, posting a 5-0 lead after just two innings of action thanks in large part to two RBI singles by sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg). Brandon Turley got the Knights (0-26) on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a solo home-run, his first of the season. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Generals put the game away by scoring nine runs on just four hits. Each of the nine W&L starters scored a run in the frame. From there, the Generals cruised to the win, outscoring the Knights by a count of 7-4 before the game was called after the top of the eighth inning.

W&L junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) moved to 4-4 on the year after garnering the victory on the mound. Brandon Turley fell to 0-8 on the season for SVC, pitching six innings while giving up 16 runs. Only eight of the Generals' runs were earned, as the Knights committed 12 errors during the game. At the plate, W&L was led by Kozora, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman first-baseman Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) also went 3-for-4 on the day.

Washington and Lee will return to action tomorrow, as it travels to Shenandoah University for a 3:00 pm non-conference matchup.

 

--GENERALS--

SEAHAWKS OUTSLUG W&L, 11-7, IN BASEBALL ACTION (4/9)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- St. Mary's College of Maryland erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to defeating Washington and Lee by a score of 11-7 in collegiate baseball action on Sunday afternoon.

W&L (14-11) opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, with the key blow being a two-run single by senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman). The Seahawks (19-6) rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to deadlock the ballgame at 3-3. The Generals quickly answered, however, adding another three-spot in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 advantage. The game remained at 6-3 until the pivotal sixth inning, when SMCM battered three W&L pitchers for nine hits on its' way to seven additional runs and a 10-6 lead. From there, the teams would trade runs for the final score of 11-7.

Junior righthander Dave Falcone (Broomall, Pa./St. Joseph) picked up his third win of the season on the mound, hurling 2 1/3 innings while allowing only one earned run. Sophomore Tom Dombrosky (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) recorded his first save of the year, working the final two innings.

At the plate, senior centerfielder Kevin Eley (Berwyn Heights, Md./DeMatha) led the Seahawks by pounding out three hits in four at-bats and collecting two RBI. Sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led W&L with three hits. Wrenn and freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) each amassed two hits and two RBI in the losing effort.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday, April 12th, when they host Southern Virginia College in a 2:00 pm contest.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L BASEBALL DOUBLEHEADER VS. EMU POSTPONED (4/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Due to inclement weather, the Washington and Lee baseball doubleheader slated for this afternoon against Eastern Mennonite University has been postponed until Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 pm on the "New" Smith Field in Lexington.

The teams managed to play into the top of the fourth inning in the first contest before the delay was forced. W&L led by a score of 3-0 over the Royals, who were up to bat in the fourth with two outs when the postponement occurred. On the 19th, the game will resume where it left off. Both contests will be seven innings in duration.

W&L will return to action tomorrow when it plays host to St. Mary's College (Md.) in a 1:00 pm contest.

 

--GENERALS--


 

WASHINGTON AND LEE DOWNS BRIDGEWATER IN 13 INNINGS, 2-1 (3/28)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) tied a school-record by tossing 13 innings to help Washington and Lee defeat Bridgewater, 2-1, in ODAC baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.

Sigler upped his record to 3-4 on the season by scattering eight hits over the 13 innings, while striking out 13 Eagle batters.

Both teams had opportunities to win the game as the two combined to strand 26 baserunners during the contest (W&L - 14, BC - 12). However, neither team could take advantage until W&L senior centerfielder Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) singled home senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning.

Stakem led the Generals with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate.

Bridgewater started the scoring in the top of the first inning as freshman designated hitter Scott Hearn (Laurel, Del./Delmar) doubled home senior first baseman Robbi Moose (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) for a 1-0 lead.

The Generals tied the game at 1-1 as freshman second baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace) led off the bottom of the first with his fifth home run of the season. It was his third of the season to lead off the game for Washington and Lee. Hanson went 2-for-6 on the afternoon.

Bridgewater was led at the plate by Moose, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore second baseman Jamie Lawhorne (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) was 2-for-5 with a double.

Junior righthander Gene Crawford (Newport News, Va./Menchville) went 6 2/3 inning in relief to pick up his first loss of the season against six wins. Crawford struck out eight, while walking just one.

The loss dropped Bridgewater to 16-4 overall, 4-2 ODAC, while Washington and Lee improved to 14-10 overall, 4-6 ODAC.

Washington and Lee will break for finals before hosting Eastern Mennonite in a double-header on April 8. First pitch is slated for 12:00 pm.

 

--GENERALS--


 

LITTLEHALE LEADS W&L BASEBALL SQUAD IN SWEEP OF R-MC (3/25)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) banged out six hits, scored four runs, and amassed five RBI in leading the Washington and Lee baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon. The Generals won the opener by an 8-4 margin before claiming the nightcap by a score of 5-1.

W&L (13-10, 3-6 ODAC)) received a tremendous pitching effort from Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) in the opener, as the freshman went the distance allowing only six hits while earning his sixth victory of the season against just one loss. The Generals and Yellow Jackets were tied at 2-2 entering the bottom of the second when senior shortstop David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) led off the inning with his first home run of the season, putting W&L ahead to stay at 3-2. Littlehale led the Generals at the plate with a 4-for-4 effort, including three doubles. Sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) added three hits in four at-bats. Tripp Boyd led R-MC (7-11, 2-5 ODAC) with a 2-for-3 effort, including one RBI and two runs scored.

In the nightcap, W&L senior lefthander Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) earned his second victory of the season, hurling a complete-game four-hitter while allowing just one earned run. Littlehale once again provided the offensive clout, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

The Generals will return to action on Tuesday, March 23, when they host Bridgewater in a 3:00 pm ODAC contest.

 

--GENERALS--


 

BRIDGEWATER OUTSLUGS W&L, 9-6, IN ODAC BASEBALL (3/23)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Washington and Lee tallied 11 hits, including a pair of home runs, but it wouldn't be enough as Bridgewater downed the Generals, 9-6, in ODAC baseball action on Thursday afternoon in Bridgewater, Va.

W&L (11-10, 1-6) got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning as freshman second baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace) started the game with a lead off home run, his second of the season to start a game and fourth overall. However, the Eagles would respond with three runs in the bottom of the first, two coming on a home run by senior first baseman Robbi Moose.

The Generals added single runs in the second and third innings to tie the score at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the third inning before the Eagles (15-2, 3-0) would strike again, adding two runs in the bottom of the third, three in the fourth, and one fifth inning to take a 9-3 lead.

W&L sliced the BC lead to 9-4 in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by senior shortstop David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace) and added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run homer by senior centerfielder Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady).

However, with one gone in the top of the ninth, Bridgewater went to Gene Crawford in relief and he closed the door for his third save of the season.

Washington and Lee was paced by Stakem, who was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Sophomore third baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) went 2-for-5 with a double, while sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephens Episcopal) and senior left fielder Jon Madden (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep) each went 2-for-4 with a two-bagger. Junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) went four innings on the mound to pick up the loss (2-4).

Bridgewater was paced by Moose, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Fionn Fitzgerald went 7 2/3 innings on the mound to pick up the win (3-0).

W&L will return to the diamond on Saturday as it hosts Randolph-Macon in a key ODAC double-header. First pitch is slated for 12:00 pm.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L BASEBALL TEAM SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM W. VA. TECH (3/19)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team rode two strong starting pitching performances to a doubleheader sweep over West Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. The Generals won the first contest by a score of 3-2 before taking the nightcap, 5-3.

W&L (11-9) received a tremendous pitching effort from Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) in the opener, as the freshman went the distance allowing only three hits and no earned runs while earning his fifth victory of the season. The Generals and Bears were tied entering the bottom of the seventh, but W&L senior Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) belted a game-winning RBI single, scoring Hanson to end the game. Jon Abner took the hard-luck loss for the Bears (0-7).

In the nightcap, W&L senior righthander Kevin Swenson (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) earned his first career victory, hurling 6 1/3 innings of seven-hit ball for the win. Freshman Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) and senior Mike Elder (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) led the Generals with two hits apiece. Travis Johnson connected for two hits for W. Va. Tech. Freshman Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) worked a perfect 2/3 of an inning for his first career save.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday, March 22, when they travel to Bridgewater for a 3:00 pm ODAC contest.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L BASEBALL TEAM SPLITS WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (3/18)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team earned its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory of the season, splitting a doubleheader with the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon. W&L claimed the opener by a count of 4-2 before falling in the nightcap, 1-0.

The Generals (9-9, 1-5 ODAC) jumped ahead early in the first contest when freshman second-baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) belted the first pitch of the game over the outfield wall for a 1-0 W&L lead. The margin grew in the second inning as the Generals added three more runs, two of which were unearned. Senior Jon Madden (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep) keyed the rally with an RBI single. Senior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) made the lead stand, hurling a complete game eight-hitter for the win. Sigler allowed only one earned run over seven innings while striking out nine.

In the nightcap, Hampden Sydney starter Joe Pozda outdueled Generals' starter Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) for the 1-0 win. The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Tigers (7-8, 2-5 ODAC) were able to rally for the only run of the game. H-SC first-baseman Mike Duncan reached base after being hit by a Stakem pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on a Neal Herndon RBI single. Herndon's game-winning single was one of only three H-SC hits in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Sunday, when they host West Virginia Tech in a 12:00 pm non-conference doubleheader.

 

--GENERALS--


 

HANSON PROPELS W&L PAST MARY WASHINGTON, 8-3 (3/14)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) hurled a complete-game six hitter and belted two home-runs in leading the Washington and Lee baseball team past Mary Washington College by a score of 8-3 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Generals (8-8) jumped ahead early, putting three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning off Eagles' starter Reed Shabman (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg). MWC pulled within 3-1 in the top of the second, with the major blow being a Jay Johnston (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) triple. Hanson increased the W&L lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the inning, curling a line-drive two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole. He drilled his second round-tripper just one inning later, in almost identical fashion, except with no runners on base. The Eagles mounted one last comback effort, tallying two runs in the top of the sixth. From there, Hanson would cruise to the win, allowing only one MWC hit over the final three frames.

For the game, Hanson tallied three hits in five at-bats, scored two runs, and amassed three RBI. His older brother David, a senior shortstop for the Generals, banged out two hits in four at-bats, as did senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). Marshall added two RBI for W&L. The Eagles were led by Mike Churchward (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), who connected for two hits in four at-bats, scoring a run and collecting one RBI. Rob Boese (Robbinsville, N.J./West Windsor) pitched masterfully in relief for the Eagles, hurling 4 2/3 innings while allowing only five hits and no earned runs. With the win, Michael Hanson moves to 4-1 on the mound for the Generals, while Shabman falls to 2-1 on the season.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, when it travels to Hampden-Sydney College for a 12:00 pm Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader.

 

--GENERALS--


 

GUILFORD TAKES DOUBLEHEADER FROM GENERALS (3/12)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Guilford College baseball team handed Washington and Lee University a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference losses on Sunday afternoon, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 7-3 and 12-0 on the "New" Smith Field.

In the opener, junior designated hitter Eric Pelletier (S. Deerfield, Mass,./North Mt. Hermon) and sophomore catcher Nick Black (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) combined to total four hits in six at-bats to lead the Quakers (12-5, 2-0 ODAC). Black knocked home four runs, while Pelletier scored three and drove in two, including a towering solo home-run in the sixth frame. Senior righthander K.C. Chambers (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford) hurled 6 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. Senior Tim Lucason (Oneco, Conn./Plainfield) recorded the final out of the game for his first save. W&L (7-8, 0-4 ODAC) was paced by sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephens Episcopal) and freshman designated hitter Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep), each of whom tallied two hits in three at-bats.

The Quakers jumped on top quickly to open the nightcap, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning off of Generals' starter Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady). Senior Chad Coward (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews) held the Generals at bay throughout the game, allowing only two hits in going the distance for his third win of the year against just one loss.

W&L will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 14, in a non-conference affair with the Mary Washington Eagles. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm in Lexington.

 

--GENERALS--


 

W&L OUTSLUGS VILLA JULIE, 15-8 (3/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) went 4-for-5 and scored three runs in leading the Washington and Lee baseball team to a 15-8 non-conference win over Villa Julie on Wednesday afternoon.

The Generals (7-6) jumped ahead early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning off Mustangs starter Mike Williams (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville), who retired only one batter before being pulled. W&L's largest lead of the contest came at 12-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. VJC (1-2) rallied for five runs in the final two innings, but could never bring the margin below six runs. Freshman righthander Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) hurled six strong innings to move to 3-1 on the mound for the Generals.

Senior shortstop David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) banged out three hits in five at-bats while driving in three runs for W&L. Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) added two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Freshman catcher Andrew Welling (Parkville, Md./Archbishop Curley) led the Mustangs, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, when it plays host to Guilford College in a 12:00 pm Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader.

 

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W&L TAKES TWO FROM WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON (3/5)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team swept an afternoon doubleheader from visiting Washington and Jefferson College on Sunday, winning the first contest by a score of 15-1 before downing the Presidents 11-10 in the nightcap. Senior lefthander Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) led the Generals, hurling a complete game two-hitter in game one and going 4-for-4 at the plate in game two.

The Presidents (1-4) jumped ahead early in the first contest, scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning for a quick 1-0 lead. From there, the Generals took full control of the game. W&L (6-6) loaded the bases to start its half of the first, bringing sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephens Episcopal) to the plate in the cleanup spot. Gosselink took advantage of the situation, blasting a grand-slam over the fence in left for a quick 4-1 lead. The home-run was the first for a W&L player at the "New" Cap'n Dick Smith Field. The Generals tallied four more runs before the inning drew to a close. Stakem held W&J at bay for the remainder of the contest, surrendering a total of only two hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

In the nightcap, W&L looked to be in trouble as it trailed the Presidents 7-3 entering the home half of the fifth. However, four General hits combined with five W&J errors allowed W&L to claim the lead for good, putting six runs on the board in the inning for a 9-7 lead. Freshman righthander Kyle Droppers (Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) hurled two innings in relief for the victory. Senior David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) retired the final two President batters of the contest for his second save of the season. Freshmen Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) and Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) chipped in with two hits apiece for the Generals. Freshman Brian Swartzlander (Leechburg, Pa./Kiski Area) led the Presidents in the second contest with two hits and three RBI in four at-bats.

W&L will return to action on Wednesday, March 8, when it plays host to Villa Julie College in a 3:00 pm matchup.

 

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WASPS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER FROM W&L (3/4)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Emory & Henry baseball team opened its ODAC schedule on Saturday by sweeping a doubleheader from Washington and Lee in Lexington. The Wasps won the first seven-inning contest by a score of 6-3 before downing the Generals by a score of 9-3 in the second game.

Senior lefthander Brandon Matheny hurled seven strong innings to garner the victory for E&H in game one. He surrendered only six hits while striking out 11 in going the distance for the win. Junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) took the loss for the Generals, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits. Senior rightfielder John Sawyers led the Wasps at the plate, going 3-for-4 in the contest, while junior third-baseman Paul Sipos went 2-for-5, knocking in a game-high three RBI. Sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) led W&L (4-6, 0-2 ODAC) with two hits and two RBI.

In the nightcap, the Wasps (2-3, 2-0 ODAC) scored six first-inning runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from junior catcher Josh Glaze. The blast was the first home-run ever to be hit at the "New" Smith Field. Senior David Miller went six innings, giving up three earned runs in claiming his first victory of the season. Sipos once again swung a hot bat for E&H, garnering three hits in five at-bats. Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) went 2-for-3 to lead the Generals.

W&L will return to action tomorrow, as it hosts Washington and Jefferson in another doubleheader. The first pitch is slated for 12:00 pm.

 

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W&L SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM MUHLENBERG (2/26)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team slugged its way to a sweep of an afternoon doubleheader against Muhlenberg College on Saturday in Lexington. The Generals won the first seven-inning contest by a score of 4-3 before blasting the Mules by a score of 17-1 in the second game.

Senior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hurled seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight, while allowing no earned runs in garnering the game-one victory. In the opener, W&L and Muhlenberg (0-2) entered the bottom of the seventh tied at 3-3, but freshman catcher Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) singled in senior outfielder Jon Madden (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep) with the game-winning run to propel the Generals to victory. Mules hurler Tim Haberbusch was the hard-luck loser, giving up just three earned runs in going the distance.

In the nightcap, W&L (4-4) was led at the plate by senior second-baseman Mike Elder (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) who went 2-for-3, knocking in four RBI and scoring two runs. Littlehale once again swung a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and scoring twice. Freshman standout Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) pitched six strong innings to earn the win, surrendering just one earned run on four hits while striking out five. Senior David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) went 2-for-3 at the plate, collecting two RBI while scoring three runs.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, March 4, as it opens its ODAC schedule with a doubleheader against Emory and Henry in Lexington at 12:00 pm.

 

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W&L DOWNS BATES IN 10 INNING THRILLER, 11-10 (2/23)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team opened its home schedule on Wednesday afternoon with a come-from-behind 11-10 win over Bates College in 10 innings.

W&L (2-4) jumped out to an 8-2 lead after just four innings, but allowed the visiting Bobcats to climb back into the contest. Bates (0-1) scored a combined eight runs in the fifth thru eighth innings off three Generals' relief pitchers. The Bobcats regained the lead when second-baseman Pat Collins knocked home two teammates with an RBI single off Generals freshman Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep). Bates added another run in the top of the eighth, taking a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Bates reliever Kevin Walsh retired the first two Generals in the ninth, but W&L was able to rally, eventually tying the contest when junior Jason May (Houston, Texas/St. John's) scored on an error by the Bobcats' second baseman. The Generals then won the contest in the 10th when sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) singled past a drawn-in infield, scoring senior Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) for the winning run.

Stakem led the Generals at the plate, going 2-for-4 and collecting 3 RBI. Senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) chipped in with three hits in five at-bats on the day. Freshman standout Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) collected the win, striking out two in working a perfect 10th inning on the mound.

W&L will face Muhlenberg College on Saturday in an afternoon doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 12:00 pm on the "New" Smith Field.

 

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W&L LOSES HEARTBREAKER TO OGLETHORPE, 6-5 (2/17)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team lost a heartbreaker on Thursday afternoon to Oglethorpe University, falling to the Petrels by a score of 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

W&L (1-4) trailed 2-0 early in the contest, as the Petrels tapped Generals' ace David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) for back-to-back home runs. The two round-trippers would prove to be the only runs surrendered by Sigler until the sixth inning. The Generals got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, taking a 3-2 lead. Oglethorpe regained in the sixth and seventh innings, pushing across three runs for a 5-3 advantage. W&L would rally in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 5-5, however, the Petrels (2-1) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning off Generals' reliever Kyle Droppers (Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary). The loss moves Droppers' pitching record to 0-1 on the season.

W&L played a strong game in the field, committing no errors in the contest. Senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) once again swung a hot bat, leading the Generals with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

W&L will open its home schedule on February 23, as it hosts Bates College in a 3:00 pm contest at the "New" Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

 

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W&L SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH LAGRANGE (2/15)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team slugged its way to its first win of the 2000 season, splitting a doubleheader with LaGrange College in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers claimed the opener by a score of 17-3, but the Generals rebounded, winning the nightcap by a count of 9-7.

W&L (1-3) pushed two first-inning runs across the plate in taking an early lead in the opening contest. LaGrange quickly fought back, however, tapping Generals' starter Bill Christ (Barneveld, N.Y./Holland Patent Central) for three first-inning runs of their own. From there, the Panthers never looked back in cruising to the 17-3 win.

In the nightcap, W&L was led at the plate by senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) who went 2-for-3, along with senior outfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Tex./Highland Park) who tallied two hits in four at-bats. Freshman standout Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) pitched four strong innings before surrendering to fellow freshman Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep), who earned the win for his two innings of work. Senior David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) pitched the seventh, notching his first save of the season.

W&L will return to action on Thursday, February 17, as it faces Oglethorpe University in a 3:30 pm contest.

 

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W&L BASEBALL FALLS TO OGLETHORPE, 6-3 (2/14)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Oglethorpe University rallied from a 3-0 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to post a 6-3 win over Washington and Lee in baseball action in Atlanta, Ga.

Senior lefthander Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) pitched five innings of shutout ball for the Generals, surrendering just two hits and striking out four before giving way to the middle relievers. Senior righthander John Madden (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep) took the loss (0-1) for W&L.

Offensively, the Generals (0-2) were led by freshman second baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy), who was 3-for-5 and sophomore third baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg), who was 3-for-4.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Tuesday as plays LaGrange College in a doubleheader. Action is slated to begin at 2:00 pm.

 

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EMORY DOWNS W&L IN BASEBALL OPENER (2/13)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Emory University scored five first-inning runs en route to a 15-2 victory over Washington and Lee in the season-opener for both squads.

Junior Ryan Donegan pitched five innings of two-hit ball while striking out nine Generals for the win. Left-fielder Kyle Foster led the homestanding Eagles (1-0) with three hits. Todd Rasmussen, Ted Karniewicz, Allen Rigell, and David VanWinkle tallied two hits apiece.

Senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) provided the lone offensive highlight for W&L (0-1), clouting a two-run homer in the fifth inning for the Generals' only runs of the game. Junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs in three-plus innings of work.

W&L will return to action tomorrow as it faces Oglethorpe University in a 3:30 pm contest.

 

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