LYNCHBURG, Va. — Top-seeded and ninth-ranked Shenandoah scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate the third-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team, 5-4, from the ODAC Tournament on Saturday at Lynchburg City Stadium.
The Generals (26-14) grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by senior center fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) off of the Hornets' (32-9) closer, senior Phil Morse. In the bottom half of the inning, first-year closer Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) struck out the first batter on four pitches.
Devereux walked the next hitter on four pitches, and then first-year second baseman Tristan Baker singled to right to put runners on first and second. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third. With the infield in, junior right fielder Abel Arocho singled up the middle. The ball stopped rolling in shallow center, and both runners came home to win the game for the Hornets, 5-4.
Morse earned the victory to improve to 4-0. He gave up one run on four walks in 1.1 innings pitched. Devereux (4-2) suffered the loss in 0.2 innings pitched. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk.
Senior pitcher Kyle Tipping (Green Lane, Pa./The Hill School) started the game for W&L and gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits in 7.2 innings. He also struck out six batters with only one walk.
The Generals scored the first two runs of the game with a two-out rally in the second. With runners on first and third and two outs, sophomore shortstop Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) singled to center to give W&L a 1-0 lead. Junior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) followed with a single to left to push the lead to 2-0.
The Hornets scored their first run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second and evened the score at 2-2, with a RBI single to left by Baker.
W&L broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth. Myer reached on an error, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A groundout moved Myer to third, and then he came across the plate on a RBI groundout to first by senior designated hitter Riley Stout (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run).
Shenandoah evened the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI single to right by junior first baseman Jake Loew. The Blue and White loaded the bases in the top of the eight, but Morse escaped the jam by forcing junior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) to ground out to first.
The loss ends the season for the Generals. The team registered the third-most wins in program history with 26.
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