Generals rally in 11th of Game 2, sweep road DH vs. VWU

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Senior second baseman Chapin Bassi (Concord, NH/St. Paul’s School) broke a 1-1 tie in the 11th inning of Game 2 to give the Washington and Lee baseball team a 6-1 win, following a 15- 6 in Game 1 to sweep Virginia Wesleyan on the road Saturday.

With Game 2 tied, 1-1, heading into the 11th inning, Bassi kicked the two-run brace into left center field to give the Generals (14-13, 9-8 ODAC) their final lead. Match. . Second year Jacob Jackson (Norfolk, Va./Maury) then singled to center to score Bassi, before the second third baseman Zach Shippers (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) then scored two runs on a single to cap an 11th inning five run.

W&L scored a run in the fourth inning to take an initial 1-0 lead, as the designated hitter as a sophomore Drew Larsen (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) hit a sacrifice fly on the left. second left-hander Thomas Haller (Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove) retired the first eight batters he faced and kept the Marlins (15-13-1, 5-8-1 ODAC) off the board for seven innings. In the eighth, a single, walk and wild pitch put the runners second and third with no outs, as junior catcher Marr Sinko then hit a fly sack down the center to tie the game.

First year Evan Blair (Vienna, Va./James Madison) relieved Haller after the sack volley, and he got two strikeouts to get out of the inning as the game remained tied. Blair went on to finish the contest and keep VWU off the board to earn their third win of the season.

The Generals were quick to put two runs on the board in Game 1, as a junior center fielder Michael Salvino (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic) tackled a pair of runners with a double in the first. After the Marlins scored three goals in the bottom half of the first to take a 3-2 lead, W&L outscored VWU, 13-3, the rest of the way to win.

W&L had built up a 7-4 lead heading into the sixth inning when they hit for six runs in the frame to put the game away. The six runs came on four hits, highlighted by a two-run homer to center the sophomore shortstop’s bat Ethan Zulueta (Matthews, NC/Weddington). Junior left fielder Zach Perkins (Vienna, Va./James Madison) added to the lead in the eighth with a two-run outburst, before the sophomore receiver Jaden Keuhner (Aldie, Va./John Champe) entered the team’s final inning with a single in the ninth.

Salvino and Perkins finished Game 1 with four RBIs each, as the two combined to go 7-for-11 at the plate with three doubles and Perkins’ second home run of the season. Zulueta’s outburst in the eighth inning in Game 1 was the first of his career, as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in Game 1. Bassi went 4-for-9 between the two games, with two hits in both contests, and he scored three times in Game 1 and drove twice in Game 2.

First year John Benner (McLean, Va./St. Albans) (4-0) earned its fourth win of the season by pitching five innings in Game 1 and allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts. Junior Derek Hughes (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft School) allowed just one earned run over the next three innings, while freshman Jack Belbot (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Haller had 7.1 innings, five hits, one run and five strikeouts in Game 2, while Blair was 3.2 scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

Second baseman Connor Hall finished the day with three hits, including two in Game 2 and two RBIs in Game 1. Junior third baseman Trent Hanchey had two hits and a run in both games, while sophomore shortstop Samuel Kasprow and senior left fielder Garrett Lyons each had two hits, a run and a run. a run batted in in the first game.

Senior Robert Cook (3-3) suffered the loss in Game 1 for the Marlins, as he went five innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits. Game 2 starter, senior CJ Morris, pitched 10 innings and allowed one run on six hits while earning a no-decision. Sophomore Ian Brady (2-2) was flagged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in 0.1 frames.

The Generals will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Christopher Newport for a first pitch at 3:00 p.m.

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