Wild Finish Gives W&L Baseball a Doubleheader Sweep Over Tigers

Wild Finish Gives W&L Baseball a Doubleheader Sweep Over Tigers

LEXINGTON, Va. — A walk-off walk by senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) in the 12th inning of game two, and a complete game shutout by senior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) in game one led to the Washington and Lee baseball team sweeping a doubleheader against Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

Concklin allowed just five hits to lead the Generals (10-5, 2-0 ODAC) to a 6-0 victory in game one. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 12th of game two, Weston walked on four straight pitches to give the Blue and White a 9-8 extra-inning win.   

In game two, the Generals entered the bottom of the 12th tied, 8-8. Sophomore Jayson Maitland retired the first two batters for the Tigers (9-5, 0-2 ODAC), but junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) started the rally with a line-drive single to right. Senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) followed with a single through the left side, and then both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch.

Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) walked on a full count to load the bases, and then Weston saw four straight balls to force in Ruedisili and end the contest. First-year Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) pitched two innings of relief to earn the first victory of his collegiate career. He did not allow a hit or a run and struck out five of the six batters he faced.

Maitland suffered the loss for Hampden-Sydney to fall to 0-1. He threw 4.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits. Normally the closer for H-SC, this marked the first time this season he pitched more than one inning in a game.

The Blue and White needed four runs in the bottom of the eighth to send the game to extra innings, after the Tigers tallied four runs in the top of the inning. With senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) on first with one out, senior pinch hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) singled through the left side. Sophomore Charles Murrah came on in relief for the Tigers, and he promptly walked Ruedisili to load the bases.

Wasson singled to right to bring home Swenson to trim the deficit to 8-5, and then Baldy scored (8-6) on a passed ball. Feeley hit a grounder to first-year third baseman Chase Counts. Counts' throw sailed high of first and Ruedisili and Wasson scored on the play to tie the game, 8-8.

Each team had opportunities to put runs on the board in the 10th. H-SC loaded the bases with one out, but first-year Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) induced a double play to end the threat. Wasson doubled with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Feeley followed with a single to right, but Wasson was thrown out at the plate to send the game to the 11th.

In game one, Concklin needed just 102 pitches to record the 27 outs. He gave up the five hits, while striking out five. He did not allow a walk and improved to 2-1 in his first complete game of the season. He now has a scoreless innings streak of 18.0 innings, dating back to the fifth inning against Franklin & Marshall on February 25.

Junior Zach Perkins started for Hampden-Sydney and took the loss to fall to 0-2. He gave up five runs on four hits and six walks.

W&L grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Perkins walked the first batter, and then hit the next two to load the bases. He forced Weston to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to get the first two outs of the frame.

Monson then ripped a two-run two-out single through the right side to put W&L up, 2-0. After a walk by Paton, Baldy lined a single to center to plate Monson and extend the margin to 3-0.

The Generals added a single run in the fifth and sixth innings, and Weston capped the scoring (6-0) with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the seventh. It was his second of the season.

The Blue and White have now won seven games in a row, dating back to February 25. The 12-inning contest marked the longest game for W&L since it lost, 3-2, at Virginia Wesleyan in 12 innings on April 20, 2014.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they host Averett at 6:00 pm.

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