LYNCHBURG, Va. — The fourth-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but top-seeded Shenandoah held on for a 6-3 victory to eliminate the Generals (18-13) from the ODAC Tournament on Friday at City Stadium.
Trailing 6-1 heading into the final frame, W&L loaded the bases with no outs. Sophomore catcher Andrew Head (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) singled to left to bring home senior first baseman Josh Josephson (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) to cut the lead to 6-2.
Sophomore second baseman Nick Biumi (Cummings, Ga./Lambert) followed with a sacrifice fly to center and then senior center fielder Keegan Dolan (Bethesda, Md./Landon) singled to right to reload the bases with one out.
The 14th-ranked Hornets (30-7) brought in Matt Riegler, and he closed out the game with two strikeouts. It marked his third save of the year.
Senior Vince Claudio (7-1) earned the victory for the Hornets, pitching 8.0 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. He also struck out seven batters. First-year Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) suffered the loss for W&L to fall to 3-2. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Shenandoah took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Junior third baseman Michael Paul ripped a leadoff double to right center, and then scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Daniel Freshley.
The Generals tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the third. Dolan led off the inning with a triple to right center. Junior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) brought Dolan home on a ground out to third.
Shenandoah regained a one-run advantage in the bottom of the fourth when Paul scored from second on a throwing error by first-year third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula). The Hornets added another run in the fifth on a ground out by junior center fielder Corbin Lucas, which scored sophomore right fielder Lew Johnson.
The Blue and White committed two errors in the bottom of the seventh, which allowed the Hornets to stretch their lead to 5-1. Shenandoah added one more run in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single by sophomore shortstop Billy Arens to push the lead to 6-1.
Paul went 4-for-4 with three runs to lead the Hornets, while Dolan finished 3-for-5 with one run scored.
The game was delayed four hours from its original start time of 2:30 pm due to rain. The contest eventually started at 6:30 pm. The loss ends the season for the Generals, who recorded their fewest losses since 2008.
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