LEXINGTON, Va. -- Playing in its final home of the season, the Washington and Lee baseball team dropped a 10-1 decision to Southern Virginia on Monday afternoon at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals struck out 11 times as a team and left nine men on base in falling to 13-18 on the season, while SVU improved to 16-16 on the year.
After falling behind 3-0 after three innings, the Generals pulled to within two runs (3-1) in the bottom of the third inning. Senior C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout from senior Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury). Junior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was then hit by a pitch and senior Alston James' (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) RBI single up the middle scored Thompson and moved Stutts up to second.
W&L appeared poised for a big inning as junior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) walked to load the bases with just one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
The Knights extended their lead to 4-1 with a single run in the fourth inning and put the game away with four runs in the sixth, while adding a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
Sophomore Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif./California) earned the win 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five. The loss was charged to W&L senior Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit), who surrendered three runs on six hits in 3.0 innings.
W&L, which was out-hit 14-4, was led at the plate by Stutts, who was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and was also hit by a pitch. Thompson finished 1-for-3 with the lone run, while James and senior Ben Thomas (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) added the other base hits.
Junior Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss./Forest) was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Sophomore Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee), senior Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif./Antelope Valley College), junior Dale Brown (Mesa, Ariz./Highland) and junior Barrett Price (Georgetown, S.C./Georgetown) all had two base hits for the Knights.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Eastern Mennonite to take on the Royals at 4:00 pm.