LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team scored six runs in the first two innings and never looked back in cruising past Greensboro College, 11-4, on Thursday afternoon at Cap’n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals (3-6) raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning on RBI singles by senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft) and first-year catcher Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside), as well as a two-run double off the bat of senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford).
W&L extended its lead to 6-0 after the second inning as senior designated hitter Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) drove in a pair of runs with a double.
Greensboro (4-10) cut the deficit to four runs (6-2) in the fourth inning on a W&L error and a sacrifice fly by senior rightfielder Josh Montague (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford). However, the Generals answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame on a Greensboro error and RBI singles by Plantholt and junior rightfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) to go up 9-2 and coast to their third win of the season.
The Generals outhit the Pride, 13-9, and Greensboro stranded seven runners on base.
Sophomore Jody Davis (McLean, Va./Langley) picked up the win (1-0) for W&L, as he allowed two runs (1 earned) on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Davis retired the first nine batters that he faced and did not allow a baserunner until giving up a leadoff single to sophomore centerfielder Matt Irwin (Asburn, Va./Stone Bridge) to start the fourth inning.
W&L was led at the plate by Plantholt, who finished 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored. Lewis was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk, two runs and two RBI, and senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) added three hits in four at-bats, including a double and scored three times.
Junior Michael Manfro (Fauquier, Va./Notre Dame) started for the Pride and was saddled with the loss after allowing nine runs (8 earned) on 10 hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3.2 innings. First-year Jacob Cadle (Denton, N.C./Westchester County) pitched the final 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out a pair.
At the plate, Greensboro was led by Irwin, who finished 2-for-3 and scored a run. Junior third baseman Ryan Summerford (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) batted 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Roanoke College for a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 12:00 pm.