W&L Baseball Opens 2013 with Sweep of Rochester (Mich.)

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team opened the 2013 season with a doubleheader sweep of Rochester (Mich.) on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The Generals (2-0) used eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 12-0 win in the opener. In the second game, back-to-back home runs by senior center fielder Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) and junior left fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) in the second and a steal of home by Dolan in the sixth carried the team to a 5-2 victory.

The eight runs in the first inning were the most W&L has totaled in an inning since registering 10 in the seventh against Whitworth to open the 2009 season.

Against the Warriors (0-4), the Blue and White scored in a variety of ways. Senior designated hitter Mike Savas (Bernardsville, N.J./Dearborn) scored on a wild pitch, senior catcher Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) crossed home on an error by sophomore second baseman Chaz Hill (Imlay City, Mich./Dakota), sophomore shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) scored on a second error by Hill, senior third baseman Chris Nault (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) had an RBI single and senior right fielder Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) hit a three-run double.

The Generals added their four other runs on a RBI double by Dolan in the second, another RBI double by Dolan in the fourth, an RBI single by Nault in the fourth and an RBI groundout by sophomore second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) in the fourth.

While the offense was doing its part, senior Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball to earn his first victory of the year. Shaw only allowed one batter to advance to second base while he was on the mound. Hill connected on a one-out double in the first, and advanced to third on a fly out to center. Shaw got out of the jam by striking out senior designated hitter Ray Yesh (Dearborn, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini), one of Shaw's four of the game.

Sophomore Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) pitched the final two innings for the Generals. He walked one with one strike out, while facing the minimum.

After a scoreless first inning in the second game, Scalzo hit a one-out home run to left on the first pitch he saw from sophomore pitcher Ryan Balazy (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville). Dolan followed him with a shot to left on a 1-2 count to give the Generals a 2-0 lead.

W&L extended its lead in a wild fourth inning. Following a bunt single by Scalzo, who advanced to third on a throwing error, Dolan hit his third double of the day to push the Blue and White ahead, 3-0. Dolan then advanced to third on a fly out, and next attempted to score on a squeeze play. He looked to be out, but was awarded home on a catcher's balk to stretch the lead to 4-0. A catcher's balk is when a catcher is out of his box when a pitch is thrown.

The Warriors scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth. First-year shortstop Josh Meyers (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) hit a RBI single through the right side of the infield, and senior center fielder Eric Ramirez (San Antonio, Texas/Catholic Central) recorded an RBI on a groundout to first.

The Generals tallied their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Dolan hit his fourth double of the game to lead off the inning. He advanced to third on a fly out, and then could not score on a ground out to the pitcher. On a 0-2 count to Mait, Dolan took off for home again, but this time earned the stolen base to reach the final score of 5-2.

Junior Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) earned the victory after throwing 5.0 scoreless innings. He allowed six hits, while striking out five. He did not walk a batter, while hitting one. Sophomore Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) allowed both runs in relief, before senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) pitched the final 1.1 innings to record the save. Wisotsky struck out two without giving up a hit.

Dolan finished the two games 5-for-6 with four doubles, four RBIs, four runs scored, a home run and a steal. Salley went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, a double and a triple. Scalzo ended 3-for-6 with five runs, one RBI and one homer.

The Generals return to action next Saturday, February 16, at home against New Jersey City for a doubleheader at 12:00 pm.

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