FERRUM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team dropped a 4-0 decision to Ferrum College at Panther Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Generals (4-7) managed seven hits and left 10 runners on base in falling to the Panthers (11-5).
Ferrum opened the scoring in the second inning, when Wes Walker singled to lead off the inning then advanced to third on a double by Paul Jaglowski. Teddy Turner then hit a grounder to shortstop that was mishandled allowing to Walker to score an unearned run.
The Panthers added two more runs in the sixth inning on a leadoff home run by Brennen Iley and a wild pitch. They capped the scoring in the seventh inning on a groundout by Josh Mahaffey that drove in Peter Byron, who had reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a single by Casey Naff.
The Generals missed several chances to score early, stranding runners in each of the first four innings, including two each in the first, third and fourth innings. W&L's best chance to score came in the third inning when junior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) hit a one-out single and moved to second on a walk to junior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside). Both runners moved up with two outs on a wild pitch, but a groundout by junior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) ended the threat.
Stutts finished 3-for-4 for W&L. First-years Nick Biumi (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) and Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), sophomore Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) and senior C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) each contributed a base hit for the Generals.
Senior Roger Strong (Spencerport) started and took the loss. He allowed one run (0 ER) on four hits and a walk with one strikeout in 3.0 innings. Sophomore Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) tossed 2.0 innings of hitless relief, walking one and striking out three.
Chris Madison picked up the win for Ferrum. He allowed five hits and three walk with two strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Adam Duncan earned the save with 4.0 innings of scoreless relief. He surrendered just two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
The Generals are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Roanoke for and ODAC doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.