W&L Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From E&H
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team continued its strong offensive play of late with a doubleheader sweep of Emory & Henry on Wednesday afternoon at Cap’n Dick Smith Field. W&L won game one, 18-6, and took game two by a 7-1 score.
The Generals (9-9, 6-3) scored 14 runs over game one’s first four innings in running away with the 12-run victory. Nine different players recorded at least one hit and nine different players drove in at least one run.
Senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft) started things off with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first inning to give the Generals a 2-0 lead. The lead swelled to 8-0 as W&L tacked on six runs in the second inning, including an RBI double from sophomore leftfielder C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) and a solo homerun from sophomore designated hitter Alston James (Columbia, S.C/Hammond).
E&H (1-9, 0-6) dented the scoreboard with a single run in the third inning on an RBI double by senior centerfielder Anthony Lowry (Covington, Va./Alleghany), but the Generals scored four more times in both the fourth and sixth innings to put the contest away.
Senior Chuck Davidson (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) started for W&L and picked up his first win of the season (1-3). He allowed five runs (4 earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings. First-year Jacob Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) pitched the final two innings in relief.
Serenbetz led the offensive charge as he collected two hits in four at-bats, drove in three runs and scored twice. Senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. First-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was 3-for-5 with three RBI, while sophomore centerfielder Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) was also 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Thompson finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Lowry finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for E&H. Senior third baseman Codie Mitchell (Linville, Va./Broadway) had two hits in four at-bats and scored three times and junior leftfielder Remington Hedgepeth (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wingate) was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
In the nightcap, W&L sophomore Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) limited the Wasps to one unearned run over 6.0 innings in improving to 3-0 on the season, as W&L cruised to a 7-1 win. He surrendered seven hits and one walk and struck out five.
With a 6-1 lead, Strong loaded the bases with no outs to start the seventh, but first-year Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) came in and retired the first three batters that he faced to get out of the inning.
With the score tied 1-1 in the third inning, W&L took a 4-1 lead on an RBI single from James and a fielding error by E&H that allowed two runs to score. The Generals extended their lead to 6-1 when Thompson drove in a pair of runs with a double in the sixth inning and another James RBI single capped the scoring in the seventh.
James was a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of walks at the plate. He also drove in a pair of runs and scored twice. Decembrino finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Thompson added a pair of runs driven in.
The Wasps were led by first-year leftfielder Eric Houff (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), who finished 2-for-4 and Mitchell drove in the Wasps’ lone run .
Junior Jared Surber (Chilhowie, Va./Chilhowie) took the loss for the Wasps, as he allowed four runs (2 earned) on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.
W&L returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Hampden-Sydney for an ODAC-doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.