LYNCHBURG, Va. — Junior Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) pitched a complete game and senior center fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) threw out a runner at the plate for the 27th out, as the third-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team defeated fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 2-1, in the first round of the ODAC Tournament at the Liberty University Baseball Stadium.
To open the bottom of the eighth, junior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) singled to center. Sophomore right fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) followed with an infield single in the hole between first and second to put two runners on base.
Following a strikeout and an infield fly, sophomore designated hitter Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) singled through the right side. Wasson came home on the play, beating the throw from the right fielder to give the Generals (26-12) a 2-1 advantage. The ball got away from the catcher, but Ruedisili was thrown out trying to score to end the inning.
The Tigers (26-13) had a runner on second with two outs in the top of the ninth. Sophomore left fielder Moe Gothe singled to center and first-year pinch runner Shane Arceo attempted to score from second. Myer fired a strike to the plate, and junior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) tagged Arceo out to end the game for W&L.
Concklin scattered 10 hits, while giving up one earned run. He struck out six batters with one walk to improve to 8-0. Senior Reggie Johnson suffered the loss for Hampden-Sydney to fall to 4-3. He gave up two runs on eight hits, while throwing a complete game.
Hampden-Sydney scored the first run of the game in the top of the second. With a runner on second and two outs, junior designated hitter Dustin Wiles singled through the right side, and first-year third baseman Jacob Fontana scored on the throw to the plate.
The Generals tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Wasson singled through the right side with one out. He advanced to second on a ground out, and then Myer lined a single to right to plate Wasson and tie the game, 1-1.
Day two of the tournament will return to Lynchburg City Stadium tomorrow. The Generals will face second-seeded Randolph-Macon on Friday at 6:00 pm. The Yellow Jackets beat fifth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, 11-9, on Thursday.
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