LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) threw a complete game, as the second-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team defeated fifth-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 7-2, on the first day of the ODAC Tournament at City Stadium in Lynchburg.
Concklin allowed just two runs on seven hits over 9.0 innings. He did not walk a batter, while striking out five. He improved to 7-3 on the year and now has 22 career victories, which is third on the program's all-time list.
The Generals (26-12) scored their first two runs in the bottom of the first. With one out, first-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following another walk and a fielder's choice, W&L had runners on first and third with two outs.
After another wild pitch put runners on second and third, senior designated hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) ripped a two-run double over the outstretched glove of the right fielder to give the Blue & White a 2-0 advantage.
W&L added three more runs in the third. With one runner on, sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) doubled to right to put runners on second and third. Senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) then singled up the middle to plate one (3-0).
Feeley came home on a fielder's choice, and then a single by senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) moved runners to first and third. Senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) capped the scoring with an RBI groundout to stretch the lead to 5-0.
The Tigers (21-18) tallied a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single up the middle by first-year shortstop Chase Counts and added its second run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by senior right fielder Joey Stuphin.
The Generals plated their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by Monson off the wall in right. Junior Zach Perkins took the loss for the Tigers to fall to 2-6. He went 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits.
Baldy led the team by going 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI. Junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) was the only W&L player with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run. Monson finished the day 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
The 26 wins for W&L ties for the third-most in program history. The Generals play the winner of third-seeded Randolph-Macon and fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets and and the Marlins play later on Friday at 8:00 pm.
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