Pitching Staff Propels W&L Baseball Past Ferrum, 3-1

Pitching Staff Propels W&L Baseball Past Ferrum, 3-1

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Generals' pitching staff held Ferrum to one run on two hits, as the Washington and Lee baseball team earned a 3-1 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The game's defining moment came in the top of the sixth inning with W&L leading, 2-1. Ferrum (0-1) had the bases loaded with one out, when sophomore Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) was brought in from the bullpen. The righty struck out the first batter he faced on a high fastball, and then escaped the jam with a called third strike on the outside corner to preserve the one-run advantage.

W&L (2-1) added an insurance run in the bottom half of the frame. With the bases loaded and one out, junior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) to push the lead to the final score of 3-1.

The Generals used three pitchers to stifle the Panthers. Sophomore Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) started the game and went 4.2 innings. He gave up the lone Ferrum run on two hits, while striking out four. Senior Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) threw 0.2 innings of relief and earned the victory to improve to 1-0.

Devereux pitched the final 3.2 innings to notch his first save of the season. He struck out four batters without giving up a hit. Devereux now has nine saves in his career to move into a tie for second on the W&L all-time list. He is one away from tying the all-time mark. The only blemish for the pitching staff on Tuesday was it surrendered eight walks.

Sophomore Hunter Peck took the loss for the Panthers to fall to 0-1. He gave up two unearned runs in 5.1 innings on two hits with six strikeouts. He also had five balks, which led to the first two runs for the Blue and White.

Ferrum scored the first tally of the game in the top of the second. With two outs and a runner on first, junior third baseman Jacob Holland ripped a RBI double off the base of the left field wall.

The Generals tied the game in the bottom of the third. Senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) singled to right to open the inning. He advanced to second on a balk, and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by first-year left fielder Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day). Swenson tied the game on a passed ball by first-year catcher Tim Ortega.

W&L's second run came on a similar fashion in the fifth. Swenson walked with one out, and then advanced to second on a balk. Following a line out by Dike, Swenson moved to third on another balk. He came home on the second passed ball of the game by Ortega.

Weston was the only player in the contest with multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Swenson ended the day 1-for-2 with two runs.  

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play at Emory at 2:00 pm.

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