W&L Baseball Records Doubleheader Sweep of Roanoke College

W&L Baseball Records Doubleheader Sweep of Roanoke College

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team used a late-inning rally in game one and a dominant offensive performance in game two to record a doubleheader sweep over Roanoke College on Saturday afternoon at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The Generals (6-6, 4-2 ODAC) came from behind to win the opener, 7-6, and then pounded out 28 hits in a 26-1 victory in game two.

In game one, W&L junior shortstop Jonathan Stutts' (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) two-out, two-run triple into the right field corner in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the game-winning hit.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton) and a Maroon (6-10, 0-4) field error, RC scored four runs in the third inning to surge ahead 4-2.

All four of Roanoke's runs in the third inning were unearned as W&L recorded three errors in the inning.

In the Generals' half of the third inning, W&L received RBI singles from Deary, and sophomores Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) and Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) to regain a 5-4 lead.

However, another W&L fielding error in the fourth inning led to two more runs off W&L junior starter Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) as the Maroons regained a one-run advantage (6-5).

Neither team was able to scratch across a run until Stutts heroics in the eighth inning, as the two bullpens combined to surrender just two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings. They also combined for 10 strikeouts.

Leading the relief effort for W&L was sophomore Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood), who tossed 3.0 innings of no-hit ball in relief of Strong. Shaw allowed just one walk and struck out six. First-year Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) picked up the win (1-0) with a perfect eighth inning and senior Gregg Laswell (Houtson, Texas/Memorial) nailed down the save in the ninth.

Strong started for W&L and allowed six runs (1 earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out five in the no decision.

Salley finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate to lead W&L. He doubled and scored a pair of runs. Senior Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.

For RC, junior Ben Amos (Vinton, Va./William Byrd) led the way with a 1-for-3 showing at the plate. He also scored a run and drove in three. First-year Jacob Clifton (Vinton, Va./William Byrd) had two hits in five at-bats and had one RBI.

Sophomore Michael Haslam (Collegeville, Pa./Springfield) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief.

In game two, W&L had 13 different players record at least one hit and the 26 runs scored were the most since a 26-1 win over Emory & Henry on March 1, 2003.

W&L jumped on the board early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of sophomore Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick). For Scalzo, it was his second home run of the season.

Following a scoreless second inning, one of only two scoreless innings for W&L, the Generals tallied three runs in the third, six in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and seven in the seventh to cruise to the victory.

As dominant as the offense was in game two, the Generals' pitching was just as effective. Laswell started and earned the win (1-1), allowing just three hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Sophomore Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North), first-year Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) and sophomore Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) each threw a scoreless inning in relief. First-year Jonathan Cahill (Indian Creek, Conn./Pekin) pitched the final inning and allowed one run on three walks and four strikeouts.

RC's lone run was scored when Cahill struck out first-year Nick Sburlati (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) on a wild pitch allowing Sburlati to reach first and sophomore Mark Manthe (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) to score from third.

Scalzo finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Stutts was 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored, junior Alston James (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, sophomore Mike Savas (Benardsville, N.J./Delbarton) was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored and sophomore Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Sophomore Mark Wimmer (Salem, Va./Salem) took the loss for the Maroons, allowing six runs (4 earned) on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.

At the plate, Manthe led RC with a 2-for-3 effort. He doubled twice and scored the lone Maroon run.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Stevenson at 3:00 pm.