Generals upended by Trinity (Conn.), 15-9

Ryan Monson

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team logged its sixth game of the season with nine runs or more, but dropped a 15-9 decision to Trinity (Conn.) on Friday.

The Generals (8-11) got on the board first with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the first inning. Junior designated Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) singled to drive in a pair of runs, followed by an RBI double down the right-field line from junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) and a run-scoring single off the bat of sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley).

After going scoreless through the first two innings, the Bantams (7-2) scored at least one run in each of the final seven innings to close the game, led by four-run fifth and ninth innings.

The Bantams' fifth inning was highlighted by a two-run double from junior designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The four-run ninth was fueled by a two-out solo home run from junior right fielder Matt Koperniak, along with a run-scoring triple from senior first baseman Johnny Stamatis and RBI singles by junior left fielder Mack Lauder and first-year third baseman Mike Guanci Jr.

Trinity scattered runs throughout the third through ninth innings, plating one run in the third, fourth and eighth and scoring twice in the sixth and seventh.

The Generals' final three runs of the game came in the bottom of the ninth when senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) hit a three-run homer over the right-field fence for his first long ball of the season.

Loewenberg, Burnette and Monson all logged two-hit efforts in the game for the Generals, as the trio combined for six RBI and five runs scored. Loewenberg's three-run blast in the ninth also gave him his second consecutive three-RBI game.

Senior right-hander Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) (0-1) took the loss as the Generals' starting pitcher, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits. Senior reliever Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) followed Boyce with one shutout inning, before junior Ben Greer (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in the sixth.

The Bantams then tagged juniors Kenneth Hartzfeld (Marietta, Ga./Westminster School) and Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) for seven runs on eight hits over the next 2.2 innings, before sophomore Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va./James River) recorded the final out of the top of the ninth with a strikeout.

Trinity was paced on offense by Stamatis who recorded a 6-for-6 day at the plate, finishing the contest with four singles, a double, a triple, two stolen bases, an RBI and five runs scored. Lauder, Rodriguez, Guanci Jr. and sophomore catcher Eric Thronson all tallied multiple hits in the game as well, driving in seven runs combined and scoring four.

First-year righty Will Simeone (1-1) earned the win as the starting pitcher for the Bantams, going 7.0 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore Justin Olson pitched a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts and first-year Jake Mello worked the ninth, allowing three runs on one hit and a strikeout.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Guilford for an ODAC doubleheader. Game one is slated to begin at 12:00 pm.

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