W&L Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Lynchburg, 2-1 and 6-8

W&L Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Lynchburg, 2-1 and 6-8

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Junior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) threw a compete game in the opener, and junior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) hit a three-run home run in the second game, as the Washington and Lee baseball team split a doubleheader at Lynchburg on Saturday.

The Generals (12-7, 2-2 ODAC) edged the Hornets (5-12, 2-2 ODAC) in the first contest, 2-1, but Lynchburg used a six-run seventh inning to take the second, 8-6.

Concklin dominated game one, throwing the first complete game of his career. He allowed just one run on nine hits, while striking out five to improve to 3-0. He lowered his season ERA to 1.32. Sophomore David Goulding (3-3) took the loss for the Hornets. He gave up two runs (one earned) in 7.0 innings with three strikeouts.

W&L grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a double down the left field line by senior outfielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) to plate sophomore outfielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School). The Blue and White extended the lead to 2-0 in the third on a RBI double by sophomore outfielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy).

Lynchburg scored its lone run off of Concklin in the fifth. With runners on first and third, senior second baseman Joe Tomasula hit a bouncing ball to short. The Generals got the runner out at second, but junior shortstop Ryan Katona came home on the play to push the score to the final margin of 2-1.

The Blue and White tallied the first two runs of game two in the top of the first on a two-run single by Smalley. The Hornets tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the frame on a RBI singles by sophomore outfielders Matt Ward and Brad Hylton.

W&L took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on an attempted double steal. With two outs, junior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) attempted to steal second, but was caught in a run down. Before Swenson was tagged out, sophomore third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) came home from third to give W&L a 3-2 lead.

In the seventh, the Hornets recorded six runs to take an 8-3, and were aided by three W&L errors. The Generals entered the final inning trailing by the same margin. Myer led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a ground out, junior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) singled to short to put runners on first and second.

Weston came to the plate a cleared the bases to with a homer to left center to bring W&L to within two (8-6) of Lynchburg. The home run was the first of the season for the Generals and the fourth of Weston's career.

Sophomore Gerald Taylor was brought in from the bullpen and struck out Swenson for the second out. The Blue and White then loaded the bases on three straight singles by sophomore shortstop Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep), first-year designated hitter Scott Simmons (Montgomery, Ala./Montgomery Academy) and Ruedisili. Taylor got out of the jam and registered his first save of the season by forcing first-year second baseman Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) to ground out to end the game.

Junior Michael Day (1-2) earned the victory for the Hornets. He pitched 8.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. First-year Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) took the loss for W&L. He faced three batters without recording an out. He was charged with three runs (two earned) to fall to 0-2. First-year Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) started for the Blue and White and pitched 6.0 innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they host Southern Virginia for a 3:00 pm contest.

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