FERRUM, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team fell, 12-10, to Ferrum College in its final regular season contest on Monday afternoon at Panther Field.
Despite, scoring seven runs over the game's first three innings, W&L (15-14) was unable to keep a lid on the Panther offense as Ferrum (17-19) used four runs over the final three innings to hold off the Generals.
W&L opened the contest with three runs in the top of the first inning as sophomore Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) hit an RBI single that was followed by a two-run double off the bat of sophomore Luke Deary (Carlisle, Mass./Groton).
However, the Panthers evened the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning as they sent eight men to the plate.
The Generals regained a 5-3 lead in the second inning on a two-run single by sophomore Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) before Ferrum surged ahead 7-5 with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
W&L's offense remained in high gear as an RBI single by junior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) pulled the Generals to within a run at 7-6. He then scored following a single by senior Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) and a Panther fielding error to knot the contest at 7-7 after just three innings of play.
The Panthers managed to hold the Generals hitless over the next three innings and assumed an 11-7 lead with a single tally in the fourth and three runs in the sixth inning.
W&L answered with a pair of runs in the seventh inning, including a solo home run from Salley, to trim its deficit to 11-9. The Generals pulled to within a single run at 11-10 in the eighth inning, but the Panthers added an insurance run and managed to hold off the Generals.
Junior Jody Davis (McLean, Va./Langley) started for the Generals and was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on five hits and three walks in just an inning of work.
Salley finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs driven in and a pair of runs scored. He finishes the regular season with an overall batting average of .414. Stutts finished 2-for-5 with a stolen base, two runs and two RBIs and Deary was 1-for-5 with two RBIs.
Eddie McGrath led the Panthers with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate. He also scored a pair of runs. Peter Byron was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored and Teddy Turner had two hits in five at-bats and a team-best four runs driven in.
With the regular season now completed, the Generals return to action on day one of the ODAC Tournament on Wednesday. W&L, the tournament's No. 3 seed, will take on No. 4 Randolph-Macon at 7:00 pm at Lynchburg City Stadium.