SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team split an ODAC doubleheader with Roanoke College on Saturday afternoon at Kiwanis Field.
The Generals (5-8, 2-2 ODAC), who have now won six of their last eight games, took game one, 8-3, before the Maroons (8-8, 1-1) rallied for an 8-7 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Generals erupted for seven runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to blow open what had been a close game.
After each team tallied a run in the first inning and RC took a 2-1 lead with a single run in the fifth, first-year Nick Biumi (Cuming, Ga./Lambert) led off the sixth by reaching on an error. Junior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) then single and junior Alex Maragos' (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Junior Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover) followed with a two-run single and sophomore Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) added a run-scoring double to drive in Mait and give the Generals a 4-2 lead.
RC scratched across another run in the bottom of the frame to make it a 4-3 game, but W&L added a pair of runs in the seventh on a Maragos two-run double and two more in the eighth as junior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) laced a two-run double of his own to end the scoring.
Junior Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) picked up his third win of the season (3-2) with seven effective innings. He allowed three runs (2 ER) on just three hits ti ha walk and three strikeouts.
Maragos finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Mait was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored. Josephson added three hits in five at-bats and drove in one.
Brian Kluge and Jacob Clifton were each 1-for-4 for the Maroons. Kluge added an RBI and scored once.
Mark Wimmer took the loss, allowing six runs (4 ER) on seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
In game two, W&L used a four-run fourth inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead before Roanoke rallied with four runs of its own in the ninth. Trailing by one entering the top of the fourth, sophomore Josephson led off with a double to left. Following a pop foul, junior Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School) was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Junior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) then hit a single to right that scored Josephson and advanced Deary to second.
With two outs, junior Jonathan Stutts laced a triple to right center that brought in a pair of runs and gave the Generals a 5-3 lead. Biumi added a two-out single to left that scored Stutts and pushed the W&L lead to 6-3.
Roanoke countered with a single run in the sixth on a Chad Hill groundout that scored Clifton, who had doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.
The Generals tallied their final run in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Salley that scored Nault.
In the bottom of the ninth Miller led off with a single off sophomore Mike Palicz (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and then moved to second on a Stutts error that put runners on first and second with nobody out. Clifton drove in a run with a single to left that made it a 7-5 W&L lead, still with nobody out.
Nick Sburlati then walked to load the bases and senior Jody Davis (McLean, Va./Langley) relieved Palicz. He was greeted by Gavin Pellitteri, who hit an RBI groundout that scored Matt Wallman, who had reached on the error, and put runners on second and third. Following an intentional walk to Caylen Baire, Kluge made it a tied the game at 7-7 with a single to right and Bradley Mattox beat out a bunt single that scored Sburlati for the winning run.
Biumi led the Generals at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI. Stutts was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in and two runs scored, and Josephson was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.
Senior Pat Smith (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) started for the Generals and did not factor in the decision. He allowed four runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Palicz was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs (3 ER) on two hits and a walk while not recording an out.
Kluge and Clifton were each 3-for-5 for the Maroons. Clifton added two RBIs and three runs scored and Kluge drove in one. Wallman finished 1-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs.
Jacob McMillian picked up the win. He did not allow a run on two hits and a strikeout after relieving Ryne Farmer with one on in the ninth.
The Generals return to action on Sunday when they host Albertus Magnus at 1:00 pm.