LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team concluded the ODAC portion of its 2011 schedule with a doubleheader split with Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. VWC won the opener, 7-4, and the Generals blanked the Marlins, 2-0, in the nightcap.
Coupled with Randolph-Macon's doubleheader split with Hampden-Sydney, W&L secured the third seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament and will face No. 4 Randolph-Macon on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. With H-SC defeating R-MC in the nightcap of their twinbill, the Marlins were eliminated from the ODAC Tournament field.
Virginia Wesleyan (16-21, 9-9 ODAC), looking to eke into postseason play, started quickly in game one.
Marlin sophomore Pike Brynildsen (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) led off the game with a double after W&L sophomore Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) dropped a foul ball that would have been the first out. Brynildsen then advanced to third base on a groundout by junior Myles Shipp (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) and scored on a single by sophomore Jacob Pierce (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) to put VWC up 1-0.
The Marlins made it 2-0 in the first when Pierce came around to score on a base hit by junior Cameron Butler (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown).
VWC extended its lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning when it tallied four runs courtesy of four walks a pair of wild pitches and an W&L error.
W&L (15-13, 12-6) was able to plate single runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings, but missed a golden opportunity to cut into the VWC lead in the seventh inning when it loaded the bases with nobody out, but managed just the lone run.
Sophomore Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) started for W&L and took the loss (3-3), allowing two runs (1 earned) in 4.0 innings. He allowed six hits struck out three.
Sophomore Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Generals. Sophomore Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Delbarton) added two hits in three at-bats and sophomore Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) reached base three times and scored a pair of runs.
Senior Alex DeJesus (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) started for the Marlins and picked up the win with 6.0 solid innings of work. He allowed three runs (2 earned) on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. First-year Reid Hoffler (Chesapeake, Va./Suffolk Nansemond) earned the save with 3.0 innings of relief. He allowed one run on a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Brynildsen and Shipp both finished 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and junior Shayne Paskanik (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
In game two, three different W&L pitchers limited the Marlins to just six singles in posting a 2-0 shutout.
Junior Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) started for the Generals and improved to 3-3 on the season with 5.2 shutout innings. He surrendered four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. His only spot of trouble came in the sixth inning when Virginia Wesleyan loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of W&L errors, a single and a walk. First-year Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) relieved Strong and got Paskanik to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
W&L, which took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when sophomore Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) scored on a groundball double play, made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the sixth when Salley doubled home Stutts, who had previously singled.
W&L senior Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/Memorial) relieved Rudolph to start the eighth inning and worked around a leadoff hit batsmen to retire the Marlins in order.
In the ninth inning, a leadoff walk to the Marlin junior Mike McCutcheon (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) brought the tying run to the plate for VWC. Laswell came back to strikeout sophomore Josh Miller (Norfolk, Va./Greenbrier Christian) and junior Josh Hathaway (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) before a two-out single by junior Mitch Green (Cordova, Md./St. Michael's) brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of junior pinch-hitter Gage Collins (Newport News, Va./Menchville). However, Laswell got a swinging strikeout to nail down his third save of the season.
Salley finished 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. He drove in one run and scored a run as well. Junior C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) finished 2-for-3 and Stutts was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Junior Mike Wiley (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) started for VWC and took the loss. He gave up two runs on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Green paced the Marlins with a perfect 4-for-4 showing at the plate in the nightcap, while Shipp and Pierce each added one hit in four at-bats.
The Generals wrap up regular-season play on Monday when they travel to Ferrum for a 4:00 pm contest.