W&L Baseball Opens 2014 with a Split at Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Duham Academy) totaled three RBI and junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) recorded three hits in the second game of a doubleheader to lead the Washington and Lee baseball team to a split at Greensboro on Sunday.

The Pride (1-1) won the first game, 2-1, but the Generals' (1-1) offense erupted in the nightcap to pull out a 7-4 victory.

Greensboro took a 1-0 lead in the opener on a RBI single by junior third baseman James Feldmann in the bottom of the third inning. The Pride added an insurance run (2-0) in the bottom of the fifth on a fielder's choice by first-year designated hitter Kristopher Taveras.

The Generals cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth. Following a double by senior first baseman Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage), junior shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) ripped a two-out single to left to bring Josephson home. In the top of the seventh, the Generals put the tying run on first with two outs, but a strikeout by Weprinsky ended the game.

Sophomore Alex Zapata threw 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run to secure the victory. Zapata gave up only four hits and three walks, while striking out two. Sophomore Jeff Waring came on for the final inning to record the save.

Senior Jake Rudolph (Cordova, Tenn./Memphis University School) pitched the first three innings, while junior Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) threw the final three. Rudolph allowed one earned run on two hits, while striking out two. Smith gave up one run on three hits with three strikeouts.

The Blue and White took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning of game two. Sophomore catcher Andrew Head (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) hit a one-out double to center field, and scored when first-year second baseman Colton Campbell (Deatsville, Ala./Holtville) reached on an error by Feldmann at third base. Senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) brought Campbell home on a one-run single.

The Generals stretched the advantage to 5-0 in the top of the third. Weprinsky led off the inning with a single and Josephson followed with a walk. First-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) plated both runners with a double to center. Myer came to the plate next, and singled through the left side to score the third run of the inning.

Greensboro tallied four runs in the bottom of the inning and forced senior starting pitcher Nate Plein (El Cajon, Calif./St. Augustine) from the game. After two singles and a wild pitch to start the inning, Feldmann registered a sacrifice fly to right to plate the Pride's first run (5-1).

Senior right fielder Blake Throneburg brought the next run in on a fielder's choice, and junior designated hitter Dylan Brown connected on a RBI double to center field to trim the deficit to two, 5-3. Following a groundout, first-year first baseman Andrew Toney singled to center to score Brown (5-4). First-year Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) came on in relief and recorded the final out of the inning.

The Generals added two runs in the top of the seventh inning on a two-run single by Myer to reach the final margin. W&L's bullpen was nearly perfect in the game as Concklin allowed one hit and one walk in 2.1 innings, and junior Matt Hedberg (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) faced the minimum over the final two innings.

Plein earned the victory, while allowing four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. Hedberg recorded his first collegiate save. First-year Jay Cumbo gave up five runs, three earned, in 3.1 innings to take the loss.

Weprinsky finished the day 4-for-7 with two runs to extended his hitting streak to 30 games, dating back to February of last year. Dolan also went 4-for-7 with a RBI. Josephson scored three runs, and Myer had three RBI on two hits.

The Generals return to action next Sunday, February 16, in a doubleheader at Marymount.

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