LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) singled home the the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Washington and Lee baseball team defeated Bridgewater, 7-6, on Wednesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
With one out in the sixth and the score tied, 6-6, junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) singled to left. Junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) followed with a single between first and second to move Crane to third. Wasson was next to the plate and hit a sharp grounder in the hole between third and short to bring home Crane and give the Generals (22-10, 13-2 ODAC) a 7-6 lead.
The Eagles (13-21, 6-11 ODAC) had an opportunity in the seventh to respond after loading the bases with one out against junior reliever Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy), but Murphy escaped the jam by inducing a 1-2-3 inning ending double play.
Bridgewater's last chance to tie the contest came in the top of the ninth. The Eagles put a runner on second base with one out, but sophomore closer Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) forced two fly outs to end the game and register his fifth save of the season. With the save, Devereux extended his W&L career saves record to 13.
Murphy (3-0) earned the victory for the Blue & White out of the bullpen. He pitched 3.2 innings, surrendering two unearned runs on five hits. Sophomore Ryan Mason (2-2) suffered the loss for the Eagles. He allowed one run on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief.
The Generals held a 6-1 advantage through four innings. W&L scored three, 3-1, in the first with one coming home on a wild pitch and two more when junior designated hitter Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) singled to first with the bases loaded.
W&L added two runs (5-1) in the third on RBI singles by senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) and Smalley. The lead was extended to 6-1 in the fourth on on an RBI single by Wasson. Bridgewater tied the game, using a five-run rally in the top of the fifth with the help of two Blue and White errors.
Smalley finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Wasson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Both teams totaled 10 hits in the contest. With the victory, W&L improved to 16-3 at home. The 16 wins ties the program record for most wins in a single season at home. Last season, the squad went 16-4 at Cap'n Dick Smith Field to set the record.
The Generals return to action on Friday, when they host Roanoke for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 pm.
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