LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior Chuck Davidson (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) allowed two runs over 6.1 innings and senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C Flora) doubled and drove in two runs as the sixth-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team upset No. 1 Bridgewater, 7-2, in day one action of the ODAC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at City Stadium in Lynchburg.
Senior first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Conn./Taft School) put W&L (13-16) on the board with a solo homerun to right in the second inning.
The Generals extended their lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning as sophomore centerfielder Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) singled in a run and later scored on a Bridgewater throwing error.
W&L's lead bulged to 7-0 in top of the seventh as senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) had an RBI single, Lewis drove in two runs with a base hit and first-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) scored an a throwing error.
Despite advancing a runner to scoring position in each of the first five innings, the Eagles (19-18-1) did not dent the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh inning as they loaded the bases with one out on a walk and a pair of singles. Andy Chrismer then drove in a pair of runs with a single to make it 7-2.
Lewis finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Generals. Decembrino had two hits in five at-bats, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice, Serenbetz finished 2-for-4 with the solo homerun and Stutts was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Junior Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) relieved Davidson and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits and struck out three.
For Bridgewater, designated hitter Kevin Kirk finished 2-for-4, second baseman Alex Nuttycombe was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Chrismer finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Drew Elkins took the loss for Bridgewater as he allowed seven runs (6 earned) on 11 hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Joseph Lucas pitched the final two innings for the Eagles, he did not allow a baserunner and struck out one.
With the win, the Generals advance to face the loser of the No. 3 Hampden-Sydney vs. No. 4 Randolph-Macon matchup on Friday at 3:00 pm.