Tufts Snaps W&L Baseball Team's 5-Game Win Streak With 18-4 Victory
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team saw a five-game win streak come to an end with an 18-4 loss to Tufts on Sunday afternoon at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Jumbos (2-0) began the scoring with five unearned runs in the second inning. After first-year starter Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) retired the first batter of the inning, junior Eric Weikert (Avondale Estates, Ga./Marist) singled up the middle. He then moved up to second as first-year Carter Bidwick (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) reached on an error. Hedberg got the second out of the inning on a groundout that moved each runner up 90 feet.
A grounder to the right side of the infield resulted in another W&L (10-9) fielding error and allowed Weikert to score while keeping the inning alive. First-year Connor McDavitt (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) drew a two-out walk to load the bases and sophomore Nate Izzo (Saundertown, R.I./North Kingston) blasted a grand-slam home run to left to make it 5-0 in favor of the Jumbos.
Tufts made it 7-0 in the third when Weikert launched a two-run shot over the wall in right field.
W&L began to chip away at its deficit, plating a pair of runs in the sixth on a bases loaded walk and an RBI groundout by junior Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) to make it a 7-2 ballgame.
However, any hope of another come-from-behind victory was doused when the Jumbos erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning. Tufts sent 13 men to the plate, including 11 before the Generals could record the second out.
Junior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) and senior Ben Thomas (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) recorded RBI base hits in the seventh and ninth innings, respectively, for W&L.
Hedberg was charged with the loss (0-1), allowing seven runs (2 ER) on five hits and a walk in 3.0 innings.
Sophomore Christian Sbily (Gaithersburg, Md./St. Alban's) picked up the win (1-0). He allowed two runs on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Junior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) pushed his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate. He doubled, drew a pair of walks and scored twice. Junior Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) was 2-for-2 with a double, raising his batting average to .429 on the season, and Maragos finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
For Tufts, Izzo finished 2-for-7 with the grand slam, six runs driven in and two runs scored. Senior Sam Sager (Cranston, R.I./Moses Brown) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Weikert was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it heads to Bridgewater for a 4:00 pm game.