WINCHESTER, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team tallied the first run of the game, but 14th-ranked Shenandoah responded with eight unanswered runs to pull out an 8-1 victory over the Generals at Bridgeforth Field on Wednesday.
The Blue and White (12-23, 4-14 ODAC) took a 1-0 advantage in its first at bats of the contest. With the bases loaded and one out, senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) sent a RBI single into left field to plate junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) and give W&L the lead.
The Hornets' (27-8, 13-5 ODAC) starter, senior Michael Bugonowicz, escaped any further damage by registering a strikeout and a fly out to send the game to the bottom of the first. Shenandoah quickly gained a 2-1 advantage in its half of the inning on an error by Crane and a one-run single by sophomore designated hitter Keegan Woolford.
The lead was extended to 3-1 in the third on a RBI double by junior first baseman Luke Nussman, and pushed to 5-1 in the fourth on a two-run double by junior second baseman Tristan Baker. Woolford then came through with a two-run homer (7-1) in the seventh, and the Hornets capped off their day with a RBI single, 8-1, by first-year center fielder Henry Delavergne in the eighth.
The Generals put two runners on in the ninth on a pinch-hit double by senior Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and a walk by junior pinch hitter Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin), but could not push a run across the plate in the frame.
Bugonowicz threw a complete game for Shenandoah to move to 5-1. He allowed just the one run on five hits, while striking out 10. Senior pitcher Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) suffered the loss to drop to 1-4. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings.
Loewenberg went 2-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk to pace the Blue and White. Woolford finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored to lead the Hornets.
The Generals will play their final games of the season on Saturday, when they host Emory & Henry for a doubleheader starting at 12:30 pm.
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