Expectations for the Washington and Lee baseball team for the 2011 season were modest in the preseason as the Generals were tasked with replacing five starters from last season's squad that finished 14-19 overall.
The Generals were picked sixth in the ODAC preseason poll, but they have already exceeded the expectations by producing a 13-11 overall record, including a 10-4 ODAC record. The 10 conference wins this year are already the most league victories since the 2007 season when W&L went 11-7 overall.
A big reason for the Generals' success has been timely hitting and the consistency of the pitching staff, which has posted a 4.56 earned-run average with a near 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Senior righthander Gregg Laswell has been among the most consistent arms for W&L this spring, claiming a 3-1 record and a 2.57 ERA across 49.0 innings. Opponents have batted just .184 against him and he has posted 48 strikeouts to only 10 walks. Learn a little bit more about Gregg from the profile below:
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Memorial
Favorite Food: Cheeseburger
Favorite Indulgence: Blue Bell Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
Favorite Athlete: Roy Oswalt
Pet Peeve: Mike Decembrino
Favorite Team: Houston Astros
Favorite Band: Third Eye Blind
Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
Go-to Karaoke Song: Miley Cyrus - See You Again
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GETTING TO KNOW GREGG
What other schools did you consider before attending W&L and
what ultimately led to you becoming a General?
My senior year of high school, I decided that I either wanted to play Division I college baseball or go to a big state school like the University of Texas. I had already accepted my admission to Texas when I backed into the last recruiting spot available on the US Air Force Academy Baseball team. While Air Force was an awesome experience, I realized that military life wasn't for me but not until it was too late to transfer for my Sophomore year, so I thought. Being a small school, W&L let me apply late and even though I didn't consider W&L out of high school, it was a great choice.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of playing your sport(s) at W&L?
The friendships I have made, and the 3 years I have gotten to play under Coach Stick. The guys on the team made it very easy to transfer here as a Sophomore, and Coach Stick has been a great players coach allowing co-captain Anthony Cardona and I to have a big influence.
What is your favorite sports moment since arriving at W&L?
Winning ODACs sophomore year. The whole tournament was an incredible team effort with everyone contributing to our championship. I have never been more excited than I was after Byron Peyster's homerun that led to a huge victory.
Who do you most enjoy rooming with on the road and
Anthony Cardona. We get to talk baseball the whole time without the housemates we live with at school, and both like going to sleep pretty early.
If you could switch places with anyone on your team, who would it be and why?
Either Lee Tackett or Jonathan Cahill. Tackett due to his sheer athleticism and submarine pitching skills. Cahill because he has the height, deep raspy voice, and future muscular frame that I have always wanted, and most importantly because he gets 3 more years to play baseball for the generals.
If you could have dinner with one person from history, who would it be and what would you ask them?
While this is just recent history, I would love a dinner and drinks in the 1970s with Coach Stickley as a college student. I don't think I would bring any specific questions and just let the conversation go wherever it takes us.