W&L Baseball Rallies to Sweep Guilford in Doubleheader
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team used a pair of late-inning rallies to eke out two 5-4 victories over Guilford College and sweep an ODAC-doubleheader at Cap’n Dick Smith Field on Saturday afternoon.
In game one, W&L (6-8, 4-3) trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh and final inning before sophomore leftfielder C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) reached on a single with one out. Senior second baseman John Ditore followed with a single to right that allowed Thompson to score from first as Guilford first-year rightfielder Casey Mann (Reisterstown, Md./North Carroll) made an errant throw to third trying to retire Thompson, which also allowed Ditore to advance to second base. Following a hit batsman, senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) singled to load the bases and senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft) recorded the game-winning single to left to give the Generals the 5-4 win.
Junior Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) earned his first win of the season as he allowed one run in two innings of relief of senior Chuck Davidson (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier). Laswell allowed two hits and struck out one. Davidson allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout in 5.0 innings of work.
Junior rightfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) led W&L with a 2-for-2 showing at the plate. He scored two runs and drove in one with a solo homerun. Ditore finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Senior leftfielder Alex Starbuck (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) led Guilford (10-11, 3-5) with one hit in three at-bats and a pair of runs scored. Junior first baseman Kyle Wooden (Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley) finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and junior designated hitter Derek Hardison (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood) drove in a pair of runs.
Junior starter Will Simpson (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) took the loss (2-2) as he allowed five runs (4 earned) on seven hits and three walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
In game two, W&L trailed 4-3 entering the ninth inning when Thompson led off with a double. He advanced to third on a single by Ditore and sophomore designated hitter Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) bunted Ditore over to second. Lewis was intentionally walked to load the bases and Serenbetz followed with a grounder to third that was misplayed by GC senior Drew Ward (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) allowing Thompson to score to cut the tie the game at 4-4. Cardona then hit a single to third that scored Ditore and gave the Generals their second come-from-behind victory of the day.
Laswell once again earned the win (2-0), as he tossed two innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit and had one strikeout. Sophomore Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) started for W&L and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Thompson finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while Cardona and senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) each record a pair of hits and scored and drove in one run.
Senior Adam Hart (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) took the loss (5-2) for the Quakers. He allowed five runs, only one of which was earned as W&L took advantage of four Guilford errors. Hart went 8.1 innings, surrendering 10 hits and three walks while striking out five.
Junior centerfielder Jordan Nelson (Hudson, N.C./West Caldwell) led the Quakers with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate, including a solo homerun. Hardison added a solo homerun and first-year shortstop D.J. Phillips (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood) finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
W&L returns to action on Sunday as it takes on Tufts at 1:00 pm.