March 22, 2010

Two W&L Athletes Honored by ODAC

SALEM, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its Athletes of the Week on Monday afternoon and Washington and Lee had two athletes honored.

Senior Lauren Caire (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) took home the women’s tennis award, while junior pitcher Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) was honored as the baseball pitcher of the week.

Caire helped lead the Generals (12-3, 10-0) to a 3-0 week as she posted a 3-0 record at No. 1 singles and a 3-0 mark at No. 1/2 doubles. Caire and her playing partner, sophomore Ellen Yeatman, (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) defeated a doubles team from Randolph College at No. 1 doubles (8-0) and a team from Mary Washington at No. 2 doubles (8-5). Caire then partnered with senior Blair Brzeski (Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) to top a team from Lynchburg College at No. 1 singles (8-0). Caire dropped just three games in posting singles victories over Lynchburg’s Krysten Bishop (6-1, 6-0), Mary Washington’s Courtney Goimarac (6-1, 6-1), who was ranked 18th in the Atlantic South, and Randolph’s Lori Gerlach (6-0, 6-0). Caire boasts a record of 5-1 in singles and 5-3 in doubles competition this season, while also being ranked seventh in the Atlantic South region.

The Generals are currently ranked sixth in the nation and second in the Atlantic South region.  The squad also boasts four players ranked regionally in Caire (seventh), sophomore Ann Morris (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) (10th), sophomore Lauren Lukas (Manitowoc, Wisc./Lincoln) (15th) and Brezski (22nd). Two doubles squads are also ranked, with Morris and Lukas third and Caire and sophomore Trelsie Sadler (Wakefield, R.I./Groton School) 15th. The Generals return to action on Wednesday as they host No. 4 Chicago for a 4:30 pm contest.

Laswell earned two wins and picked up one save in three appearances out of the bullpen for the Generals (6-9, 4-3). For the week, he threw 7.0 innings, allowing four hits and one run with no walks and five strikeouts. Laswell tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three, to earn the save in a 6-0 win over Roanoke on Tuesday. He also pitched the final two innings in both of the Generals’ 5-4 wins over Guilford. For the season, Laswell currently ranks third among W&L pitchers with a 2.37 earned run average, while striking out 20 batters faced and limiting opponents to a .182 batting average in 19.0 innings pitched, both bests on the squad.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Shenandoah for a 3:30 pm contest.

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