W&L Baseball Upended by Bridgewater, 12-4

W&L Baseball Upended by Bridgewater, 12-4

BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Bridgewater junior first baseman Brett Jones went 3-for-4 with five RBI, a home run and three runs scored to lead the Eagles to a 12-4 victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Wednesday.

The Eagles (18-16-1, 6-11 ODAC) grabbed control of the game in the bottom of the first. With one run already in and runners on first and second, Jones sent a three-run homer over the fence in right to give Bridgewater a 4-0 advantage.

The Generals (11-19, 3-12 ODAC) put their first run up on the board in fourth off the bat of senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep). With one out and no one on, Crane launched his second home run of the season over the wall in right to bring W&L to within three (4-1).

Senior designated hitter Jake Bailey answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to regain a 4-run edge (5-1) for Bridgewater, but the Blue and White responded on a RBI triple by junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) in the fifth to trim the gap to 5-2.

The Eagles put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior catcher Cameron Stanley brought the first run home on a RBI double to center, Bailey then had a RBI single to short and first-year center fielder Jacob Grabeel capped the rally with a RBI single to left.

The Generals found themselves down, 10-2, before they tallied their final two runs of the contest. In the eighth, senior designated hitter Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded a one-run double to left, and first-year catcher Jack Giardino (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) forced in the team's last run on a RBI single to right.

Senior David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) suffered the loss for the Generals to fall to 1-3. He gave up four earned runs on five hits in just 1.0 inning. Senior Chad Lenz (2-2) secured the victory for Bridgewater. He allowed just two run on eight hits in 6.0 innings.

First-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic), Crane, sophomore left fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland), Diven and Giardino each had two hits, as the Blue and White totaled 13 as a team, but W&L left 12 runners on base.   

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play a doubleheader at Roanoke at 12:00 pm.

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