WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team outlasted No. 20 Shenandoah, 16-11, in a game that featured 16 errors on Tuesday evening at Bridgeforth Field.
Aided by four Shenandoah errors in the third inning, the Generals took a 6-1 lead that they would never relinquish with five runs in the third, capped by a three-run homerun from first-year catcher Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton School). Senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft) added an RBI in the inning as well.
W&L (7-9) added three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to assume an 11-4 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth. However, the Hornets (16-5) came back with five runs over the next two innings to creep within three runs (11-8), before the Generals tallied four runs in the seventh, including a two-run single by Serenbetz, and a final tally in the eighth to secure the victory.
Serenbetz finished 2-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Senior designated hitter Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) also had three hits, while driving in three runs and scoring two times. Senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) and Deary each added three RBI. First-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) had three hits in five at-bats and stole two bases and senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) scored four times.
First-year James Dillard (Cos Cob, Conn./Blair Academy) picked up the win (1-1) as he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings of relief.
Sophomore Matt Griffin took the loss for SU. He allowed seven runs (1 earned) on five hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Senior Jesse Henry led the Hornets with four hits in six at-bats, while driving in one run and scoring twice. Junior first baseman Greg Van Sickler finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while senior third baseman Scott Van Dusseldorp homered and drove in a pair of runs.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Emory & Henry in a doubleheader at Cap’n DIck Smith Field at 3:00 pm.