H-SC Sweeps W&L Baseball in ODAC Doubleheader

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team gave up 23 runs, and were swept by Hampden-Sydney in a doubleheader on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. The Tigers (18-15-1, 10-7 ODAC) edged out an 11-10 victory in the opener and were able to hold on for a 12-9 win in the second game. 

In the first game, H-SC scored runs in each of the first four innings to jump out to an 11-5 lead. The Tigers capped the rally with four two-out runs in the top of the fourth. After starter Ian Shaw (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood) struck out the first batter of the inning, senior Beau Flinchum (Ashland, Va./Hanover) reached on an error. Junior Nathan Chamberlain (Chesterfield, Va./Virginia Wesleyan) then singled to right, but Shaw got the second out of the inning on a ground out to first.

Sophomore James Keller (Fredericksburg, Va./VMI) drove in two runs with a single to right, which knocked Shaw out of the game. Sophomore Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) came on in relief, and senior Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) hit Smith's first pitch down the left field line for a double. First-year John Lloyd (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) plated the final two runs of the game for the Tigers with a double to left center.

Facing the 11-5 deficit, the Blue and White (15-13, 8-7 ODAC) scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to one, 11-10. Senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) hit a RBI single through the right side, and senior Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) knocked in two runs with a RBI single up the middle. Sophomore Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) brought home the final two tallies with a two-run single to left. W&L could not make up the one-run deficit, as they only put one runner in scoring position in the final four innings.

Sophomore Billy Nixon (Sedley, Va./Southampton) recorded his first win of the season, pitching 3.2 innings of relief. He allowed just two hits, while striking out five. Senior Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) threw the final 1.1 innings to notch his sixth save of the season. Smith went 5.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits with four strikeouts. Shaw (5-2) took the loss. He gave up 10 runs (seven earned) in 3.2 innings with three strikeouts.

The second game started similar to the first with Hampden-Sydney scoring 11 runs in the first four innings. This time, the Tigers plated five in the top of the fourth to take an 11-2 lead.

W&L responded in the bottom of the fourth with five of its own (11-7). Senior Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) hit a bases-loaded one-run single up the middle, and senior Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) followed with a walk to force in another score. Sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) then singled through the right side to plate two more Generals. Weprinsky capped the rally when he came home on a wild pitch.

The Tigers added one more in the eighth (12-7), but W&L had a chance in the bottom of the ninth. Following two hit batters and a single to center, the Generals had the bases loaded with no one out. Pinch hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate (12-8). After a strikeout, pinch hitter Alex Mait (Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill) reached on a fielder's choice, which brought in the second run of the inning, but a pop out by Stutts ended the comeback.

First-year Dylan Gonzales (Richmond, Va./Bridgewater) earned the win, after throwing 2.1 innings of relief. He gave up two hits and no runs with one strikeout. Starter Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) took the loss, failing to get out of the third inning. He pitched 3.0 innings, gave up 10 earned runs and struck out four.

Weprinsky went 5-for-9 for the day with two runs and two RBI. He also extended his team-best hitting streak to 22 games. Maragos finished the day 4-for-8 with four runs scored and three RBI.

The Generals head out on the road on Tuesday when they play a doubleheader at Shenandoah at 3:00 pm.

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