LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team allowed five unearned runs, including four in the fourth inning, as it fell to Bridgewater, 10-3, on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals (8-14, 1-7 ODAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore), but the Eagles (13-8-1, 3-5 ODAC) responded in the fourth.
Back-to-back errors by the Blue and White to start the frame allowed Bridgewater to tie the contest (1-1). Following a walk and a strikeout, the Eagles had runners on first and second, and then a passed ball moved both players up one base.
Junior first baseman Brett Jones then gave Bridgewater a 2-1 lead on a RBI single through the left side, and junior catcher Cameron Stanley capped the rally with a double down the third base line to extend the margin to 4-1.
After adding a run in the sixth, the Eagles put the game away in the seventh with another four-run inning to push the advantage to 9-1. W&L scored one run in the eighth when Loewenberg came home on a balk, and the team tallied its final run in the ninth on a RBI single by junior pinch hitter Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin).
First-year pitcher Mason Shuffler (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) took the tough-luck loss for the Generals to fall to 0-4. He gave up four unearned runs in 3.1 innings on three hits. Senior pitcher Jordan Showalter stymied the W&L offense to improve to 2-1. He allowed just one run on six hits with three strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
First-year second baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) led the offense by going 3-for-5 with one run scored. Senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Generals next play at Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at 3:00 pm.
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