April 26, 2013

Generals' Bats Cool Off in 5-1 Loss to R-MC at ODAC Tourney

LYNCHBURG, Va. — For the second time this season, fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon's Michael Helbig stifled the Washington and Lee baseball team's bats, as the Yellow Jackets (19-15-1) handed the Generals (19-16) a 5-1 loss in the ODAC Tournament at City Stadium on Friday. Also in the game, senior shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) became the all-time hits leader at W&L.

Helbig pitched a complete game to improve to 5-5. He allowed just one run on six hits, while striking out seven. Earlier this season, Helbig went 7.0 innings and gave up only four hits in a 5-0 victory over W&L in Ashland.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Jeb Weymouth ripped a RBI double over Keegan Dolan's (Bethesda, Md./Landon) head in left center, and first-year Michael Trentham sent a single over the second-base bag to plate Weymouth for the second run. R-MC added two more in the second (4-0) on a RBI groundout by first-year Mitchell Keeler and a one-run single by senior Jake Fletcher.

Randolph-Macon scored its final run in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch by sophomore Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park). The Blue and White tallied its lone run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After a double by senior Alex Maragos (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), senior Joe Scalzo (Ridgefield, Conn./Brunswick) brought him home on a triple to center.

Senior Eric Wisotsky (West Windsor, N.J./Plainsboro North) took the loss for the Generals to fall to 3-6. He went 6.0 innings, allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out three.

With a single into left field in the bottom of the fifth, Stutts set the hit record for the Generals. It was his second single of the game and the 188th hit of his career, passing Michael Hanson's 187.

Stutts, along with sophomore Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) extended their hitting streaks in the contest. Weprinsky went 1-for-4 to push his to 27 games, while Stutts finished the game 2-for-4 to get to 22 games.

The Generals will take on second-seeded Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 2:30 pm in an elimination game.

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