Smith Breaks Saves Record in Doubleheader Split with H-SC

Smith Breaks Saves Record in Doubleheader Split with H-SC

LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior pitcher Cory Smith (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) broke the W&L baseball all-time saves record, as the Generals split a doubleheader with Hampden-Sydney at Cap'n Dick Smith Field on Sunday.

The Tigers (11-21-1, 8-12 ODAC) shut out W&L (8-15, 6-13 ODAC) in game one, 5-0, but the Blue and White returned the favor in second game, 3-0.

The pitching staffs defined the second game of the doubleheader. Sophomore Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) started for W&L, and threw 7.0 scoreless innings to improve to 4-3. He allowed just four hits, while striking out five.

Smith pitched the final two innings, registering six straight outs. It marked his fourth save of the season and the 10th of his career. He moved past Jim Plantholt '10, who finished his career with nine saves, for the W&L record.

Senior Billy Nixon (Sedley, Va./Southampton) was the tough-luck loser for the Tigers. He pitched 6.1 innings, gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out 11 batters, while falling to 3-5.

Senior left fielder Drew Weprinsky (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) plated W&L's first run in the bottom of the second inning, scoring from second on an error by the shortstop. Sophomore first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) singled in a run in the seventh, and Weprinksy singled home the final run in the eighth.

Junior Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) and junior Teddy West (Lanexa, Va./Warhill) combined to shut out the Generals in game one. Whitaker went 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and striking out three. He improved to 2-2 on the season. West pitched the final 3.0 innings to register his second save of the year. He also had four strikeouts.

Senior Drew Shott (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) suffered the loss for W&L. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out seven.

H-SC took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on a RBI groundout by junior shortstop Lee Carneal (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and then first-year first-year center fielder Moe Gothe (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) came home on a passed ball. The Tigers would add one run in the fourth, seventh and eighth to reach the final margin.

The Generals play their final game of the season on Sunday when they travel to Lynchburg for a 10:00 am contest.

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