W&L Baseball Drops Two Games to Guilford, 13-5 and 4-2

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team gave up 17 runs en route to being swept by Guilford in a doubleheader on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The Generals (9-6, 2-4 ODAC) committed four errors, allowing 11 combined runs in the eighth and ninth innings to drop the opener, 13-5. The Quakers' (10-9, 4-2 ODAC) Drew Crawford (Newport, Tenn./Cocke County) pitched eight innings, while giving up just two runs, to lead Guilford to a 4-2 victory in game two.

In the first game, the teams were tied, 2-2, through six innings. W&L broke the deadlock in the bottom of the seventh. Senior first baseman Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) singled to open the frame, and senior designated hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) followed with a single to put two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt by junior second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) gave the Blue and White two runners in scoring position with just one out.

With senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) at the plate, Josephson scored on a wild pitch to give the Generals a 3-2 lead. Senior pitcher Borja Jones-Berasaluce (Newton, Mass./Newton North) would get out of the inning without giving up any more runs by recording a strikeout and a pop out to first.

In the top of the eighth, the W&L defense committed three errors, which allowed Guilford to capitalize with five unearned runs to take a 7-3 lead. The Quakers extended the advantage in the ninth with six more runs (13-3) on just two hits. In the inning, the Generals walked three batters and committed their fourth error of the game. The Blue and White would score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to reach the final margin.

Witty just missed hitting for the cycle for the first time in his career. He recorded a single, a double and a triple in his first three at bats, and in his final plate appearance, he hit a double into left center, which hit halfway up the wall next to the 370 marker. For the game, he went 4-for-4 with one a RBI and a run scored.

Junior Andrew Lamb (Lexington, S.C./Hammond) took the loss for W&L to fall to 0-1. He pitched the entire eighth inning, and then came back out for the ninth. He put four runners on in the frame without recording an out before being pulled. He finished with 1.0 inning pitched, allowing nine runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

Jone-Berasaluce (2-2) earned the victory, throwing 7.0 innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts.

In the second game, the Generals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy). The Quakers tied the game in the top of the second on a homer by senior shortstop Michael Whited (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale).

Guilford took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a one-run single by first-year right fielder Tyler Petersen (Wake Forest, N.C./Providence) and a RBI single to left center by sophomore designated hitter Nathan Fulbright (Salisbury, N.C./East Rowan). The Quakers stretched the lead to 4-1 on another RBI single by Petersen.

Dolan cut the advantage to 4-2 on a home run to center field in the bottom of the eighth. It marked his fifth homer of the year.

Facing reliever Justin Morrison (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) in the bottom of the ninth, the Generals had runners on first and second with one out. Josephson hit an infielder fly to second for the second out, but then junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch hitter Riley Stout (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) grounded out to first to end the game.

Crawford (2-2) threw 8.0 innings for the Quakers, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out three. Morrison recorded his second save of the season.

First-year Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) suffered his first defeat to fall to 1-1. He pitched 5.0 innings and gave up three runs on six hits while striking out three. The home run in the second inning was the first run he gave up in his collegiate career. He began the season without allowing a run in 11.2 innings.

The Generals next play at Bridgewater on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.

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