SALEM, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team registered its 1,000th win in program history, as it swept a doubleheader at Roanoke on Saturday.
Junior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double to lead W&L to a 10-1 victory in game one. In the second contest, the Generals (22-9, 10-4 ODAC) scored seven runs in the seventh inning en route to a 10-4 win.
The Blue and White took control of the opener with a five-run third inning. After two strikeouts to start the inning, sophomore shortstop Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) and junior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) both walked to put runners on first and second. Junior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) singled to right to plate Crane and tie the game at 1-1.
Sophomore right fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) then walked to load the bases. Senior center fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) followed with a walk to force home Paton and give W&L a 2-1 advantage. Weston hit a two-run single to center to stretch the lead to 4-1, and then Myer crossed the plate on a wild pitch to cap the inning (5-1).
The Generals added one run in the sixth and three more in the eighth to extend the gap to 9-1. Weston put the finishing touch on the victory with a solo homer in the top of the ninth (10-1). It marked Weston's third home run of the year.
Junior starter Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) pitched 8.1 innings to record the win. He gave up one unearned run on five hits with six strikeouts to improve to 6-0. Sophomore Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) registered the final two outs of the contest. Senior Harrison Richards (3-2) suffered the loss for the Maroons (17-11, 6-5 ODAC). He allowed five runs on two hits in 3.0 innings.
The Blue and White were trailing 4-2 in the second game entering the seventh frame. Senior designated hitter Riley Stout (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) led off the inning with a double, and then sophomore second baseman Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) walked. Junior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) loaded the bases when he reached on an error.
Crane tied the game (4-4) with a two-run double. After a pitching change, Wasson singled to right to plate Swenson and give W&L a 5-4 lead. Following a pop out, Myer stretched the lead to 6-4 on a sacrifice fly. Paton then scored on a balk to push the lead to 7-4.
Weston brought home the sixth run of the inning with a single up the middle. Back-to-back walks to Stout and Feeley loaded the bases again, and Swenson was hit by a pitch to push the W&L lead to 9-4. The Blue and White scored its last run in the eighth on a RBI double by Myer to reach the final margin.
First-year Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) started the contest and pitched five innings. He gave up one run on five hits. Murphy earned the victory out of the bullpen to improve to 4-0. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in 1.0 inning.
First-year Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) threw 3.0 scoreless innings to close out the game and notch the save. It improved his W&L single-season saves record to eight and moved him into solo seventh on the program's career list.
Junior John Ruhlman (3-3) took the loss for Roanoke. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings.
Weston ended the doubleheader 4-for-9 with four RBI, three runs scored, a homer, a double and a steal. Wasson was 5-for-10 with four runs, two RBI and two doubles.
With the two victories, W&L has record of 1,001-1204-21 (.454) in 106 seasons dating back to 1907. The 22 wins this season are the most since 2009, when the squad won 22 games and the ODAC title. The Blue and White have now won eight straight contests, which is the longest winning streak since the team won nine in a row during the 2008 campaign.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they host Shenandoah at 4:00 pm.
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