LEXINGTON, Va. — Shenandoah senior starting pitcher Michael Bugonowicz threw a one-run complete game in leading the 22nd-ranked Hornets to a 4-1 victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Tuesday.
The Generals (9-17, 2-10 ODAC) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs, first-year left fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) doubled to left center. First-year catcher Jack Giardino (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) followed with a single to center, and Whitely beat the throw to the plate to give W&L the 1-0 advantage.
The Hornets (15-6, 6-3 ODAC) tied the game in the top of the fifth. After back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third, Shenandoah hit into a 4-6-3 double play, but junior designated hitter Keegan Woolford came home on the play to even the score.
Shenandoah seized the lead the very next inning. With runners on first and third and no outs, first-year center fielder Henry Delavergne singled to center to push the margin to 2-1. After a strikeout and a walk, Woolford lifted a high fly ball to deep right field. The ball landed at the base of the wall, but the runners, fearing a fly out, were only able to advance one base apiece (3-1).
The next batter, junior first baseman Luke Nussman, pushed the Hornets' final run (4-1) across the plate on a sacrifice fly to left. The Generals only advanced one runner into scoring position the rest of the game, as Shenandoah held on for the victory.
Bugonowicz scattered six hits, while striking out four, to improve to 3-1. He needed 125 pitches to finish his complete game. First-year reliever Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs) suffered the loss for W&L to fall to 0-1. He allowed four runs (two unearned) on four hits in 1.0 inning.
Senior pitcher David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) started for W&L and did not allow a run in 4.0 innings to lower his team-best ERA to 1.71. He only gave up two hits and had one strikeout.
The Generals will break for finals and return to action on Saturday, April 14, when they host Guilford for a doubleheader at 12:00 pm.
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