LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) notched a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to propel the Washington and Lee baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over Lynchburg on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Senior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) threw a complete game six hitter to give the Generals (17-6, 8-0 ODAC) a 10-2 win in game one. Wasson's heroics in the 10th pushed W&L past the Hornets (13-10, 4-5 ODAC), 7-6, in the second contest.
Senior designated hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) was hit by a pitch to lead off the 10th with the score tied, 6-6. With senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) at the plate, Baldy was picked off first when the catcher threw behind him for the first out. Swenson eventually walked, and then junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) also walked to put runners on first and second.
Junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) fouled out to the catcher for the second out, which brought Wasson to the plate. On the first pitch, Wasson ripped a grounder right back up the middle. The ball rolled past the diving second baseman, and Swenson beat the throw to the plate to send the Generals home with the victory.
Sophomore Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) pitched the final 4.0 innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 4-1. He did not allow a run on just three hits with three strikeouts. First-year Nick Norman (0-1) suffered the loss for Lynchburg. He went 3.0 innings, giving up just the one run on three hits and four walks.
Concklin needed exactly 100 pitches to register his second complete game of the season. He gave up two earned runs on the six hits, while striking out seven in game one. He improved to 4-1 on the year and lowered his season ERA to 2.78.
The Blue and White scored six runs in the bottom of the first to put the game out of reach. With one out, Wasson singled to right. Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) followed with a single to right center, which brought senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) to bat.
Weston lined a single to right, but the ball rolled under the glove of the right fielder, which allowed Wasson to score. First-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) then hit a ball through the right side to plate Weston and Feeley (3-0).
Senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) hit a one-run double to left center to push the lead to 4-0, and he scored (5-0) on an RBI single by Baldy. The final run of the inning came when Swenson beat out an infield single, and the throw was wide of the bag to allow Baldy to cross the plate.
The Generals added three runs in the third and one more in the fifth to push the lead to 10-0. The Hornets tallied one in each the seventh and eighth innings to reach the final margin.
Senior Zack Engelmann (5-2) suffered the loss for Lynchburg. He gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits in 5.0 innings.
Wasson ended the day 5-for-11 with one RBI and one run scored. Monson went 3-for-7 with three RBI and two runs.
The Blue and White have won seven games in a row and 14 of its last 15. The 8-0 start in the ODAC is the best in the history of the program. The 2004 squad opened the year 7-0 in the league before dropping its first conference game to Bridgewater. W&L is 14-2 at home this season.
The Generals next play at Bridgewater on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.
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