Late Rally Carries W&L Baseball Past SVU, 4-2
LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to post a 4-2 victory over Southern Virginia in baseball on Tuesday afternoon at Smith Field.
W&L (6-2) junior shortstop Taylor Rowe (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) opened the eighth with a single to left field and he was moved to second on a successful sacrifice by junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga. / Westminster). Sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C. / Durham Academy) followed with an infield single that moved Rowe to third, and Rowe scored one batter later when sophomore designated hitter Riley Stout (Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run) came through with a single to center field. First-year third baseman Colton Campbell (Deatsville, Ala. / Holtville) provided an insurance run with a single to left that scored Myer.
Southern Virginia (0-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the early innings. Senior center fielder Mitch Mantle (St. George, Utah / Dixie) pushed the first run across with an RBI single to right field in the third inning and first-year outfielder Hunter Allen (Salem, Va. / Salem) plated the second run with an RBI single to left in the fourth frame.
The Generals got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when Myer led off with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Stout. W&L then knotted the score in the seventh when senior first baseman Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla. / American Heritage) led off the inning with a walk and scored on an RBI ground out to third base by sophomore catcher Andrew Head (Edmond, Okla. / Bishop McGuinness).
Junior righthander Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va. / Hidden Valley) started on the mound for the Generals, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing four hits and one run. Sophomore righthander Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa. / The Hill School) earned the win (1-1) after tossing the final 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. At the plate, W&L was led by Stout, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Myer went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while Head finished 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
The Knights were led by Allen, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. First-year third baseman Zach McNally (Salem, Va. / Salem) chipped in a 2-for-3 performance at the plate as well. Junior righthander Chris Madison (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) started and threw 6.0 innings of four-hit ball, while senior lefthander Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif. / Cal-State East Bay) took the loss (0-3) after allowing four hits and two runs in 1.2 innings of work.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Lynchburg College for a double-header starting at 12:00 pm.