LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team walked 11 batters, as the second-seeded Generals fell to sixth-seeded Roanoke, 9-6, in the ODAC Tournament on Monday at City Stadium. The two teams play again later on Monday with the winner claiming the ODAC Championship.
The Generals (28-13) held a commanding 15-4 advantage in hits in the contest, but W&L left 15 runners on base.
With the Blue and White holding a 1-0 advantage after three, the Maroons (27-17) scored three in the top of the fourth. The first two batters of the inning reached via walk, and then sophomore shortstop Dean Hermanson brought both runners home (2-1) on a double down the left field line. Hermanson pushed the score to 3-1, when he crossed the plate after back-to-back groundouts.
Roanoke added two runs, 5-1, in the sixth aided by three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter by the Blue and White pitching staff, and then the Maroons totaled four more runs (9-1) in the seventh on five W&L walks and a hit by pitch.
The Generals tallied two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With two down and the bases loaded, senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) hit a two-run single to left to trim the deficit to 9-3.
W&L closed to within 9-5 in the eighth on a two-run double down the right field line by first-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland). The Blue and White loaded the bases later in the inning with no outs, and senior designated hitter Anderson Baldy (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) singled through the left side to plate one (9-6). Roanoke escaped any further damage by inducing a 1-2-3 double play and a groundout.
The Generals brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth, but a groundout by sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) ended the contest.
Sophomore Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) started the game for W&L and suffered the loss to fall to 2-1. He threw 3.0 innings, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks. The Blue and White used four pitchers over the final 6.0 innings, giving up six runs on four hits and eight walks.
Senior John Ruhlman (4-6) came out of the pen and earned the victory for Roanoke. He went 3.0 innings, surrendering just two runs on six hits and two strikeouts. First-year Sal Trancucci pitched the final 2.0 innings to register his third save of the year.
Senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) went 3-for-5 with a run to pace W&L. Monson was 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run.
The estimated start time for the second game between the two schools on Monday was 4:15 pm.
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