W&L Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against No. 12 Shenandoah

LEXINGTON, Va. — Recording his third win of the year, first-year pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) helped lead the Washington and Lee baseball team to a split against 12th-ranked Shenandoah at Cap'n Dick Smith Field on Wednesday.

Concklin gave up just two runs in 6.0 innings, as the Generals (15-10, 8-8 ODAC) won the first contest, 6-3. The Hornets (27-7, 16-3 ODAC) totaled 17 hits and W&L committed eight errors, as Shenandoah won the second game, 15-4.

In the opener, the Hornets scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, but the Blue and White responded with two in the bottom of the frame. With runners on second and third, sophomore right fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) doubled down the left field line to give the Generals a 2-1 lead.

W&L stretched the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon), and then pushed the advantage to 4-1 on a one run single to right by senior designated hitter Kyle Witty (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) in the third.

Shenandoah cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fourth on a RBI groundout by sophomore shortstop Billy Arens (Purcellville, Va./Homeschool), but the Generals scored a run in the fifth on a single to left by first-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) to take a 5-2 advantage. Each team would add one more run in the final four innings to reach the final margin.

In his six innings, Concklin scattered four hits while striking out four to improve to 3-1. Juniors Andrew Lamb (Lexington, S.C./Hammond) and Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) pitched the final 3.0 innings of relief to secure the victory. Lamb went 1.0 scoreless inning, allowing two hits. Smith gave up one run on four hits in 2.0 innings.

Sophomore Phillip Morse (Vienna, Va./McLean) suffered the loss for the Hornets. He threw 6.0 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits.

Holding a 5-4 lead through six innings of game two, Shenandoah took control of the contest in the final three innings. The Hornets scored four runs in the seventh and six runs in the eighth to reach the final margin of 15-4. In the two innings, the Generals walked six batters and committed six errors.

Dolan and senior first baseman Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) each homered in the first inning for W&L. Dolan's was a solo homer, and marked his eighth of the season. Josephson's ripped a two-run shot over the left field fence and was his first of the season. 

Sophomore Michael Scimanico (Dumont, N.J./St. Joseph's Regional) earned the victory for Shenandoah to move to 3-0. He pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits.

Junior Drew Shott (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) took the loss for the Generals to fall to 0-1. He went 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits, while striking out three. The bullpen gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on six hits and six walks.

The lone bright spot out of the pen in the second game for W&L was first-year first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan). Pitching in his first collegiate game, he struck out three and allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings.  

Weston finished the doubleheader 4-for-6 with one run and two RBI. Myer went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI.

The Generals return to action on Thursday when they host Emory & Henry for a doubleheader, starting at 1:00 pm.

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