1997 Washington and Lee Baseball Recaps


Emory & Henry 6, W&L 4/ Emory & Henry 5, W&L 4
April 27, 1997 -- Emory, Va.
	For the second straight day, the Generals were swept in an ODAC 
doubleheader, as Emory & Henry downed W&L 6-4 and 5-4 on Sunday. With the 
two losses, the Generals end their season with an overall record of 11-18 
and 6-10 in the conference. 
	In game one, W&L trailed 6-2 going into the seventh, before 
Christian Batcheller hit a bases loaded two-run double to pull W&L to 
within two at 6-4. After E.J. Murphy's fielder's choice, Todd Ellingson 
hit a hard liner that was caught by the E&H second baseman, who then 
doubled up pinch runner Mike Nolan at first base preserve the 6-4 win for 
the Wasps. Offensively for W&L in the first game, Chris Stakem and 
Patrick Hall each had two hits and Batcheller drove in a pair.
	In game two, W&L trailed 4-0 after three innings of play, but 
then Batcheller led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer, and then 
four batters later, Schuyler Marshall ripped a two-run double down the 
left field line to cut the lead to one a 4-3. The Generals trailed 5-3 in 
the top of the seventh, but David Hanson reached on an error, Tucker 
Bixby singled and Chris Stakem's sacrifice bunt was mishandled by the E&H 
defense, and W&L had the bases loaded with no outs. Patrick Hall would 
then hit into a double play, scoring Hanson and cutting the lead to 5-4. 
After E&H intentionally walked Batcheller, Ellingson came to the plate 
with the tying run just 90 feet away, but popped up to the catcher to end 
the game and the season for the Generals.
	Bryan Lewis was 2-for-3 for W&L in the second game, while 
Marshall added 2 RBI. The home run for Batcheller was his ninth of the 
season, setting a new W&L single season record for round trippers in a 
season. For the year, Batcheller set new W&L single season records for 
batting average (.490), hits (51), runs scored (34), home runs (9) and 
RBI (45).


Guilford 12, W&L 2/ Guilford 4, W&L 1
April 26, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals had their chances for a trip to the ODAC tournament 
eliminated with two losses to Guilford on Saturday. With the losses, W&L 
fell to 11-16 overall and 6-8 in the ODAC.
	In the first game, Guilford turned three first inning W&L errors 
into nine runs and chased W&L starter Rob Boston after just two-thirds of 
an innings, and then cruised to the 12-2 victory. In game two, W&L 
trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, but Christian Batcheller 
singled in Chris Stakem to tie the score at 1-1. However, Guilford scored 
three runs in the top of the seventh, and the Generals could not rally, 
as Guilford held on for the 4-1 victory and the sweep of the doubleheader.
	For the day, Stakem was 3-for-6 with an RBI, and E.J. Murphy 
also added three hits for the Generals.


W&L 8, Hampden-Sydney 3
April 24, 1997 -- Farmville, Va.
	The Generals used the long ball to defeat Hampden-Sydney 8-3 in 
an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game on Thursday. W&L hit four home 
runs in the game and improved to 11-14 overall, 6-6 in the ODAC, while 
Hampden-Sydney fell to 4-21 overall and 2-12 in the ODAC with the loss.
	The game was scoreless through three innings of play, until Pat 
Hall hit a solo homer with one out in the fourth inning to put the 
Generals ahead 1-0. W&L looked to have scored two more runs four batters 
later, when Russell Wrenn hit a double into the left center gap, but Todd 
Ellingson was called out for missing third base, and his run was taken 
away, making the score 2-0 in favor of W&L.
	After Hampden-Sydney scored once in the bottom of the fourth, 
Hall hit his second homer of the game, this one a three-run shot, in the 
top of the fifth to put W&L up 5-1. Hampden-Sydney would cut the lead to 
5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but then Ellingson hit 
a solo homer in the sixth and David Hanson hit a leadoff shot in the 
seventh to put W&L ahead 7-3. Bob Weston started heating up on the mound 
at this point, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced over the last 
four innings to preserve the Generals' 8-3 win.
	For the game, Hall led the offense, going 2-for-5 with the two 
homers and 4 RBI. Hanson was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI, Ellingson 
was 1-for-2 with a homer and an RBI, and reached base every time he went 
to the plate. Christian Batcheller also added three hits, giving him 47 
for the season, which is a new W&L single season record, breaking the old 
mark of 45 set by Graig Fantuzzi last year. Weston also had a huge 
performance, as he went the distance to record his second complete game 
of the season, and allowed just seven hits and one earned run while 
striking out 12 and walking none.
	The Generals have a busy weekend ahead, as they host Guilford for 
a doubleheader on Saturday, and then play two on Sunday at Emory & Henry. 
Right now, W&L is 6-6 in the ODAC, which is good for fifth place, and 
have a good shot to make the four team ODAC tournament that will be held 
next weekend in Lynchburg. 


W&L 15, Lynchburg 6
April 22, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	W&L picked up its tenth win of the season by defeating visiting 
Lynchburg 15-6 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game on Tuesday. 
With the win, the Generals improve to 10-14 for the season, 5-6 in the 
ODAC, while Lynchburg fell to 14-20 overall and 8-6 in the ODAC with the 
loss.
	The game was tied at 3-3  after four and a half innings, 
but in the bottom of the fifth, Christian Batcheller hit a three run 
double, to put W&L ahead 6-3. The Generals would add three more in the 
sixth on a two run single by E.J. Murphy and an RBI single from Mike 
Nolan, to take a 9-3 lead into the seventh. After Lynchburg had cut the 
lead to 9-5 with a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, 
Batcheller led off the bottom half of the eighth with his eighth homer of 
the season, and then four batters later, Shuyler Marhsall hit a two-run 
double, to give the Generals a 12-5 lead, and W&L would score three more 
in the inning and hold on for the 15-6 win.
	Batcheller led the way for the Generals offensively, going 
3-for-4 with the homer, 5 RBI and three runs scored. The home run was his 
eighth of the season, tying the W&L single season mark, and the 5 RBI 
gives him 41 on the season, as he continues to add to his own record in 
that category. Batcheller's three runs scored also gives him 32 for the 
season, which is a new single season record, breaking the previous mark 
of 31 set last season by Tucker Bixby. Bixby chipped in against Lynchburg 
with a 3-for-5 day with three runs scored and an RBI,while Murphy, Nolan 
and Marshall all added 2 RBI. Chris Stakem worked into the ninth, 
allowing just four earned runs, to pick up his first win of the season, 
and improve to 1-2.


W&L 9, Randolph-Macon 8; Randolph-Macon 7, W&L 3
April 19, 1997 -- Ashland, Va.
	The Generals split a doubleheader with Old Dominion 
Athletic Conference rival Randolph-Macon on Saturday, winning the first 
game 9-8 and then losing the second game 7-3. With the split, W&L's 
record now stands at 9-14 for the season, 4-6 in the ODAC.
	In the first game, W&L got home runs from Tucker Bixby, Patrick 
Hall and Christian Batcheller, and built an 8-1 lead after three and a 
half innings, but Randolph-Macon came back, scoring one each in the fourth
and fifth innings, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh, to make 
the score 9-8 in favor of the Generals. RMC had the tying run on base, 
but Batcheller made a diving catch on the warning track to preserve the 
win. Bob Weston (5-3) worked six strong innings to pick up the win, and 
Russell Wrenn got the final three outs for his second save of the season.
For the game, Hall was 4-for-4 with 4 RBI, Batcheller was 2-for-2 with 2 
RBI, and Bixby was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
	In game two, the Generals led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 
sixth, but RMC erupted for six runs in the inning, and W&L could only 
score one in the seventh, as RMC went on to win 7-3. Batcheller led the 
way offensively for the Generals, as he was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly 
and drove in all three of W&L's runs. W&L starter Rob Boston pithced 
well, allowing only four runs over five and a third innings, while 
striking out six, but took the loss to fall to 1-6 for the season.


Eastern Mennonite 16, W&L 12
April 17, 1997 -- Harrisonburg, Va.
	The Generals and the Royals had a slugfest on Thursday, and W&L 
ended up on the short end of a 16-12 decision in an Old Dominion Athletic 
Conference game. With the loss, the Generals fell to 8-13 for the season, 
3-5 in the ODAC, while EMU improved to 13-15 overall and 5-9 in the ODAC.
	W&L jumped on top 6-1 after one and a half innings of play, as 
E.J. Murphy and Patrick Hall each had two-run triples in W&L's first two 
at bats. However, EMU would then storm back to score 11 runs in their 
next three at bats to take a 12-7 lead after four innings. The Generals 
would score three in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Christian 
Batcheller and a two-run single from Todd Ellingson to pull within 12-10, 
and then in the eighth, Russell Wrenn and Schuyler Marshall had 
back-to-back doubles and Tucker Bixby had an RBI ground out to tie the 
score at 12-12. In the bottom of the eighth, the Generals got the first 
two outs, but then an error led to four unearned EMU runs, and W&L could 
not mount a ninth inning rally, and fell to the Royals by the final of 16-12.
	Bixby led the Generals offense, going 4-for-5 with an RBI, three runs 
scored and two stolen bases. Wrenn and Marshall each went 3-for-5 with 
and RBI, and Hall, Murphy and Ellingson each had two RBI. Al Dominick 
worked three and two-thirds innings in relief, allowing no earned runs 
and just three hits, but took the loss to fall to 1-1 for the season.


Bridgewater 10, W&L 7
April 15, 1997 -- Bridgewater, Va.
	The Generals lost a tough 10-7 game to Old Dominion Athletic 
Conference  rival Bridgewater on Tuesday. With the loss, W&L fell to 8-12 
for the season, 3-4 in the ODAC, while BC improved to 12-18 overall and 
8-6 in the ODAC.
	W&L fell behind 5-1 after five innings, but then scored a run in 
the top of the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh to cut the 
lead to 5-4, However, Bridgewater would chase W&L starter Bob Weston in the 
bottom half of the seventh and used six walks from three different 
Generals pitchers to score five runs and take a commanding 10-4 lead. In 
the ninth, Russell Wrenn drew a bases loaded walk, and then Schuyler 
Marshall came through with a two run single, but it wasn't enough, and BC 
held on for the 10-7 win.
	Wrenn led the way for the W&L offense, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. 
Tucker Bixby, Pat Hall and Todd Ellingson also added two hits apiece for 
the Generals, who will return to action on Thursday, when they face 
Eastern Mennonite in a makeup of a game that was rained out on March 18. 


St. Mary's 11, W&L 7; W&L 6, St. Mary's 5
April 13, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	W&L returned from winter term exams, and used an exciting come 
back in the second game of the doubleheader to earn a split with non 
conference opponent St. Mary's. With the split, the Generals are now 8-11 
for the season, while St. Mary's is now 11-14.
	Four W&L errors in the second inning led to six St. Mary's runs 
in the first game, as St. Mary's built an 11-1 lead after four innings 
and held on for the 11-7 victory. Pat Hall, Schuyler Marshall and Russell 
Wrenn each had two hits and an RBI in the first game, and starter Rob 
Boston took the loss to fall to 1-5 for the season.
	In the second game, the Generals trailed 5-3 after five and a 
half innings, before Tucker Bixby came through with a two-out two run 
double in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5. W&L relief 
pitcher Al Dominick retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, 
to give the Generals a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 
inning. In the bottom half of the seventh, Pat Hall drew a leadoff walk 
to put the winning run on base. After Christian Batcheller struck out, 
E.J. Murphy singled to center, moving Hall to third. With one out and men 
on the corners, junior centerfielder Todd Ellingson hit a grounder 
through the hole between short and third to plate Hall and give W&L the 
6-5 win. Hall, Batcheller, Ellingson, Marshall and Brian Lewis each had 
two hits in game two for W&L, and Bixby added three RBI. Dominick (1-0) 
picked up his first win of the season in relief of starter Chris Stakem, 
who pitched six innings, allowing just four earned runs and seven hits.


Williams 13, W&L 7
April 2, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals had their three game winning streak snapped, as they 
were defeated 13-7 by visiting Williams College in a non conference game 
on Wednesday. With the loss, W&L fell to 7-10 for the season, while 
Williams improved to 10-3 with the win. W&L will now be off until April 
13 for winter term exams.
	The Generals led 3-0 after two innings, and carried a 3-2 lead 
into the fifth inning, before Williams' DH Mike Cleary hit a two run 
homer to put the Ephs ahead 4-3 after four and a half. W&L would tie the 
game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth on a lead off homer from Christian 
Batcheller, his sixth of the season. However, Williams then outscored the 
Generals 9-1 over the next three innings to go ahead 13-5, before W&L 
tacked on two runs in the bottom of the ninth to set the final tally at 13-7.
	Tucker Bixby and Patrick Hall each had three hits to lead the 
Generals, while Batcheller was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and 2 
RBI. With the 2 RBI, Batcheller now has 29 for the season, which is a new 
W&L single season record, breaking the old mark of 28 set last year by 
both Hall and Graig Fantuzzi. Freshman Chris Stakem (0-2) pitched five 
innings, while taking the loss for the Generals.


W&L 25, Eastern Mennonite 11
April 1, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals won their third straight game to improve to 7-9 for 
the season, 3-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, by knocking off 
ODAC rival Eastern Mennonite 25-11 on Tuesday. The 25 runs tied a school 
record set in a 25-0 win over William & Mary in 1910 and was tied in a 
25-0 win over Western Maryland in 1912. Eastern Mennonite fell to 10-11 
for the season and 3-6 in the ODAC with the loss.
	The Generals scored four runs in each of the first three innings, 
and then plated eight runners in the fourth to take a 20-1 lead after 
four innings, and then cruised to the 25-11 victory. Patrick Hall hit two 
homers, and E.J. Murphy and Christian Batcheller hit back to back to 
homers in the second inning to spark the Generals offense. For the day, 
Batcheller was 5-for-6 with the home run and 5 RBI, Hall was 2-for-5 with 
2 HR and 6 RBI, Murphy was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI, Chris 
Stakem was 4-for-5 with 3 RBI, David Hanson was 4-for-6 with an RBI, 
Russell Wrenn was 3-for-6 with 3 RBI, Todd Ellingson was 2-for-5 with 2 
RBI and Tucker Bixby was 3-for-6. Sophomore Bob Weston (4-2) worked five 
innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. The Generals will be at 
home again on Wednesday April 2nd, as they host Williams in a non 
conference game before taking 10 days off for winter exams.


W&L 14, Westminster 13
March 26, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals won their second straight game this week by 
defeating Westminster College 14-13 in a non conference game on Smith 
Field. With the win, W&L improved to 6-9 for the season, 2-3 in the Old 
Dominion Athletic Conference, while Westminster fell to 4-4 for the season.
	After the Generals led 7-3 early, Westminster came back to take an 
11-10 lead after six and half innings. However, the Generals would rally 
in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 11 on Christian 
Batcheller's RBI single, and then E.J. Murphy banged a three run homer to 
left field to give the Generals a 14-11 lead. In the ninth, Westminster 
would close to within 14-13, but freshman pitcher Russell Wrenn came in 
and closed the door on the 14-13 W&L victory to earn his first collegiate 
save.
	Murphy had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with the home 
run and six RBI. The six RBI ties a W&L single game record, and gives him 
13 RBI over his last five games. Batcheller also had a big day, as he was 
also 3-for-5 with 2 RBI, while Wrenn added three hits, and Chris Stakem, 
Pat Hall and David Hanson each added two hits. Jon Madden (1-0) worked two 
and one-third innings in relief to pick up his first win.


W&L 6, Hampden-Sydney 0
March 24, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	Sophomore pitcher Bob Weston threw a complete game two hit shut 
out, as the Generals defeated visting Hampden-Sydney 6-0 in an Old 
Dominion Athletic Conference game on Monday. With the win, W&L broke a 
four game losing streak and improved to 5-9 for the season, 2-3 in the 
ODAC, while Hampden-Sydney fell to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in the ODAC with 
the loss.
	Weston retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, and carried a 
no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up an infield single. For 
the game, he allowed no runs and just two singles while striking out 
eight and faced only five batters more than the minimum. The Generals 
offense gave Weston all the support he would need, when they scored five 
times in the second inning, capped off by E.J. Murphy's two run double, 
and then added a run in the fourth inning to account for the 6-0 final. 
Murphy led the Generals offensively, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.


Savannah A&D 12, W&L 0
March 17, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	W&L lost its fourth game in a row, as the Bees of the Savannah 
College of Art & Design defeated the Generals 12-0 in a non conference 
game on Monday. With the loss, W&L falls to 4-9 for the season, while 
Savannah improves to 11-7. This was the fouth meeting of the season 
between these two schools, with Savannah winning all four.
	Savannah scored seven runs in the first and then added five in 
the third to account for all of the game's scoring. Three Savannah 
pitchers limited the Generals to just four singles for the game and none 
after the fifth inning in a game that was called after eight innings due 
to darkness. The Generals will play Tuesday at Eastern Mennonite in an 
ODAC game beginning at 3:00 pm.


Virginia Wesleyan 16, W&L 15/ Virginia Wesleyan 9, W&L 3
March 15, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals lost their first home games of the season, as they 
were swept in a doubleheader by Virginia Wesleyan 16-15 and 9-3. With the 
losses, W&L fell to 4-8 for the season and 1-3 in the ODAC, while VWC 
improved to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the ODAC.
	In the first game, W&L led 11-3 going into the sixth, but VWC 
rallied for eight runs in the sixth to tie the game at 11, and then added 
five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 16-11 lead. However, W&L 
rallied to score four runs with just one out in the bottom of the 
seventh, but could not score the tying run, and VWC held on for the 16-15 
victory. E. J. Murphy and David Hanson each went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI and 
Christian Batcheller was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead the Generals attack.
	In game two, Patrick Hall hit a solo home run in the first inning 
to give the Generals the early 1-0 lead, but VWC scored three runs in 
each of the second, fourth and fifth innings to cruise to the 9-3 win. 
Todd Ellingson was 2-for-2 to lead the offense.


Lynchburg 10, W&L 4
March 12, 1997 -- Lynchburg, Va.
	The Generals had their four game winning streak snapped as they 
lost to Lynchburg 10-4 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game on 
Wednesday. With the loss, W&L falls to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the ODAC, 
while Lynchburg improved to 5-7 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC.
	W&L tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth as E.J. Murphy 
doubled to lead off the inning, Todd Ellingson followed with a triple to 
score Murphy and then Schuyler Marshall singled in Ellingson. Lynchburg 
would add two runs in their half of the fourth, and then three more in 
the sixth, to take a 7-2 lead after six innings. The score remained 7-2 
in favor of the Hornets heading into the eighth inning, but with one out, 
Patrick Hall doubled, Christian Batcheller tripled to score Hall and E.J. 
Murphy doubled to plate Batcheller, and the Generals cut the lead to 7-4. 
Lynchburg would score three runs in the bottom of the eighth, and W&L 
could not muster a rally in the ninth and fell to Lynchburg 10-4.
	Offensively for W&L, Hall, Batcheller and Murphy each went 
2-for-4, while Batcheller, Murphy, Ellingson and Marshall each had RBI's. 
W&L starter Rob Boston (1-3) pitched five and two thirds innings, 
allowing just five hits and striking out eigth, and took the loss, while 
Lynchburg starter Jason Jamerson (2-0) went eight innings to get the win.

W&L 16, Shenandoah 8
March 11, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals won their fourth in a row on Tuesday, as they 
defeated Shenandoah 16-8 in a nonconference game on Smith Field. With the 
win, W&L improved to 4-5 for the season, while Shenandoah fell to 4-4.
	The Generals trailed 4-2 after three and a half innings, but then 
exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Todd 
Ellingson's three run home run and two run doubles from Patrick Hall and 
Schuyler Marshall, to take a 12-4 lead after four innings. Shenandoah 
tried to rally late with two runs each in the seventh and eighth, but the 
Generals also scored two runs in each of their final two at bats to take 
the 16-8 victory.
	W&L's offense was once again led by the freshmen duo of Christian 
Batcheller and Chris Stakem. Batcheller was 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 
RBI, while stakem was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. W&L starter Bob Weston went six 
and a third innings, scattering five hits and striking out eight, to pick 
up his second win of the season. 

W&L 11, West Virginia Tech 9; W&L 18, West Virginia Tech 6
March 8, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	W&L pushed its winning streak to three games by sweeping West 
Virginia Tech in a doubleheader 11-9 and 18-6. With the wins, the Generals 
improved to 3-5 for the season, while WVT fell to 0-5.
	In the first game, W&L led 9-7 going into the seventh inning, 
before WVT tied the game at nine with two runs in the top of the seventh 
inning. However, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Generals 
rallied, as Chris Stakem singled and then Patrick Hall hit a two run 
homer down the left field line to give W&L the 11-9 win.
	In the second game, the Generals led 4-2 after two and a 
half innings, but then scored 10 runs in the bottom of the third to break 
the game open, and went on for the 18-6 victory. Freshman rightfielder Christian 
Batcheller had a huge game in game two, as he was 3-for-3 with a home run and 
a school record tying six RBI. For the day, Batcheller was 6-for-7 with seven 
RBI, and fellow freshman Chris Stakem was 5-for-8. Chad Reynolds (1-0)  picked
up the win in relief in game one and Rob Boston (1-2) got the win in game two.


W&L 10, Bridgewater 8
March 5, 1997 -- Lexington, Va.
	The Generals played their first home game and first ODAC game of 
the season, and knocked off defending ODAC champion Bridgewater 10-8, 
snapping Bridgewater's 31 game conference winning streak. With the win, 
W&L improves to 1-5 for the season, 1-0 in the ODAC, while Bridgewater 
falls to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
	W&L scored one in the first, and then added four runs in the 
second inning to take a 5-0 lead after two innings, before Bridgewater 
came back to plate five runners in the top of the third to tie the game 
at five. W&L would regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an 
RBI double by freshman Christian Batcheller, and then the Generals scored 
four more times in the fifth to go ahead 10-5. Bridgewater would score 
three runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 10-8, but W&L 
would score seven times in the seventh before the game was finally called 
due to darkness.
	Batcheller led the way for W&L, as he went 3-for-4 with two 
doubles and four RBI. Also chipping in for the Generals were Tucker Bixby 
(2-for-2, 2 BB, 3 runs scored 1 RBI), Chris Stakem (1-for-3, 1 BB, 3 runs 
scored, 3 RBI) and Patrick Hall (2-for-4). Sophomore Bob Weston evened his 
record at 1-1 by picking up the victory and Chad Reynolds recorded his 
first save of the season, while Bridgewater's Kevin Tysinger (0-1) took 
the loss.


 Mary Washington 9, W&L 5
February 26, 1997 -- Fredericksburg, Va.
	The Generals fell to 0-5 for the season with a 9-5 loss to Mary 
Washington in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to rain. W&L 
committed four errors that led to three unearned runs for Mary Washington 
and left two men on base in the top of the seventh, as MWC held on for 
the 9-5 victory.
	Offensively for the Generals, freshman David Hanson was 3-for-3 
with 2 RBI and Todd Ellingson was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs 
scored. Rob Boston (0-2) went just one and two-thirds innings in taking 
the loss.

 Oglethorpe 8, W&L 7
February 19, 1997 -- Atlanta, Ga.
	W&L lost a heartbreaker by the final score of 8-7 to Oglethorpe 
in the last game of their southern road trip. The loss drops W&L to 0-4 
for the season.
	The Generals led 4-1 going into the ninth, and got an RBI double from 
Chris Stakem and then a two-run homer by Christian Batcheller to take a 
7-1 lead into the bottom of the inning. However, Oglethorpe scored seven 
runs off of four different Generals pitchers in the bottom of the ninth to 
come back for the 8-7 win.
	W&L got two hits each from Stakem and David Hanson, and Stakem 
and Batcheller each had two RBI. W&L starter Bob Weston struck out six 
and allowed only one run in five innings of work. Freshman Kevin Swenson 
(0-1) took the loss on the mound.
	
 Savannah Art & Design 7, W&L 1
February 17, 1997 -- Savannah, Ga.
	W&L played Savannah for the third time in two days, and fell to 
0-3 for the season with a 7-1 loss. The Generals committed seven errors 
that led to six unearned runs, and left ten men on base, as Savannah 
jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. 
Freshman right fielder Christian Batcheller had two hits for the 
Generals,and senior tri-captain Rob Boston (0-1) took the loss on the hill.

 Savannah Art & Design 10, W&L 5; Savannah Art & Design 9, W&L 2
February 16, 1997 -- Savannah, Ga.
	The Generals opened their 1997 season on the road, and dropped 
both games of a double-header, 10-5 and 9-2, to the Savannah College of 
Art & Design.
	In the first game, W&L got home runs from Al Dominick and Todd 
Ellingson, and starting pitcher Bob Weston struck out six Savannah 
batters in just three innings of work, but the Generals could not 
overcome an early 5-0 deficit and fell to 0-1 for the season with the 
10-5 loss. Weston took the loss for W&L and is now 0-1 this season.
	In the second game, W&L got at least one hit from seven people, 
but Savannah scored three runs in both the second and the third innings, 
and went on for the 9-2 win. The loss dropped W&L to 0-2 for the season. 
Freshman Chris Stakem (0-1) took the loss for the Generals 

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