GUILFORD ENDS W&L'S SEASON WITH A 3-0 WIN OVER THE GENERALS (4/29)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Senior righthander Chad Coward hurled a complete-game, seven-hit shutout to lead Guilford to a 3-0 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC Baseball Tournament action in Lynchburg, Va.

Guilford (25-17) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating its' first run when sophomore catcher Nick Black perfectly executed a squeeze bunt to score senior leftfielder Kevin Moore. Two batters later, sophomore rightfielder Zach Whicker scored on a balk by W&L freshman righthander Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy). The Quakers increased their lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Luke Kempton.

W&L (20-15) made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning, placing runners on second and third with just one out, but Coward was able to retire the next two batters to preserve his school-record fifth shutout of the year.

W&L was paced at the plate by senior first baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman), who went 3-for-4 on the day. Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) chipped in with two hits in four at bats. Hanson took the loss (7-3) despite going the distance and allowing only three earned runs.

W&L's season now ends, while Guilford will advance to play the loser of Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan.

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GENERALS DROP HEARTBREAKER TO VWC, 5-4, IN ODAC TOURNAMENT ACTION (4/28)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee, trailing 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, pushed two runs home in the frame but stranded the tieing run on second base in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to 11th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan in the opening round of the ODAC baseball tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, however, a bevy of activity followed in the final three innnings.

Virginia Wesleyan (30-7) tallied the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth as designated hitter Roger Carpenter doubled home J.C. Caperton.

W&L (20-14) responded with two runs in the top of the seventh as senior shortstop David Hanson led off the inning with a single. Hanson advanced to second after a walk to freshman designated hitter Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and both moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, both runs scored on single to left by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook).

The Marlins then retook the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the inning as centerfielder Norm Martel recorded an RBI double and was plated on a single by leftfielder Josh Longe.

VWC added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the Generals' defecit to three runs (5-2).

In the ninth, Gladysz singled and was pinch run for by junior Jason May (Houston, Texas/St. John's). Senior Andy Thompson (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter) then came through with a pinch hit double to right moving May to third. After a ground out to shortstop by freshman second baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) and a strikeout by Littlehale, sophomore third baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) singled to center scoring May and Thompson. Sophomore catcher Todd Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) then singled to center advancing Kozora to second. However, the game would end on the next play as VWC second basemen Scott James snared a hot shot off the bat of senior first baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and flipped to second forcing out Gosselink.

W&L was led at the plate by Kozora, who was 4-for-5 with two RBI's. Gladysz went 2-for-2 at the plate as well.

Virginia Wesleyan was led by Carpenter, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) pitched eight innings for the Generals and was saddled with the loss. He is now 7-5 on the season.

Releiver Heath Cataulin pitched three innings for the Marlins in upping his record to 2-3.

Washington and Lee will play on Saturday at 1:00 pm against the loser of a late matchup between second-seeded Bridgewater and third-seeded Guilford.

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W&L EARNS ODAC TOURNEY BID WITH DH SWEEP OF LYNCHBURG (4/22)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team claimed the final berth in next weekend's Old Dominion Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Lynchburg College on Saturday afternoon. The Generals won the opener by a 5-0 score before winning a 3-2 thriller in the nightcap.

In the opener, freshman righthander Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) hurled a complete-game four-hitter to propel W&L (20-13, 9-7 ODAC) to the win. The Generals opened the scoring with two outs in the top of the fourth inning when the Hornets' second baseman lost a pop-fly in the sun. W&L went on to score twice in the frame. The Generals added three insurance runs in the final two innings for the 5-0 final score. W&L was led by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook) and sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) with three hits apiece. In going the distance, Hanson struck out five and did not walk a single batter.

In the nightcap, W&L received another tremendous pitching effort from junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg). The righthander hurled a complete-game four-hitter after just two days of rest since his last outing. The Hornets led for most of the contest. after scoring a lone run in the bottom of the first inning. The game remained at 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when W&L erupted for two runs to take the lead. The rally was started with a single by senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman). Senior rightfielder Schuyler Marshall then blasted a triple into the left-center gap, scoring pinch-runner Jason May (Houston, Texas/St. John's) to tie the contest at 1-1. Senior shortstop David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) then plated Marshall with an RBI single, giving W&L the 2-1 lead. Littlehale deposited his first home-run of the season over the leftfield fence in the top of the seventh, increasing the lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the seventh, LC notched one unearned run, but Sigler was able to regroup in retiring LC leadoff hitter Daniel Evans for the final out of the contest.

The Generals will take on top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in the first round of the ODAC Tournament next Friday, April 28th, at 4:00 pm. The tournament will be held at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.

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W&L SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM EASTERN MENNONITE (4/19)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team improved to 18-13, 7-7 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a pair of wins over visiting Eastern Mennonite University on Wednesday afternoon. The Generals claimed the first contest by a 4-2 score before squeaking out a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

In the opener, junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hurled a complete-game three-hitter to propel W&L (18-13, 7-7 ODAC) to the win. Sigler (6-4) pitched a hitless 4 2/3 innings before surrendering two unearned runs following a hit by Royals' first-baseman Mike Gale (Verona, Va./Fort Defiance). W&L led throughout the entire contest, which was begun on April 8th before being suspended due to rain. W&L held a 3-0 lead entering today's action, and was able to hold on for the 4-2 win. The Generals were led at the plate by freshman second-baseman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy), who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

In the nightcap, W&L received another tremendous pitching effort from senior Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady). The southpaw hurled 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs before surrendering to fellow senior David Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy), who retired the final batter for his third save of the season. With the win, Stakem improved his pitching record to 3-3 on the year. The game was tied at 2-2 after 5 1/2 innings, but the Generals were able to rally for the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior first-baseman Russell Wrenn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, freshman designated hitter Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) laced another double down the left-field line, scoring the game-winning run. Gladysz led W&L in the second contest with a 2-for-2 performance. Gale and junior centerfielder Mike Carpenter (New Hope, Va./Fort Defiance) led EMU with three hits apiece.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday, April 22nd, when they travel to Lynchburg College for a 12:00 pm doubleheader. The Generals must sweep both contests from the Hornets to secure the final berth in the upcoming ODAC Tournament (April 28-30).

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W&L SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH FIFTH-RANKED VWC (4/16)

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team split an afternoon doubleheader with fifth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College on Sunday. The Generals blew by the Marlins, 10-1, in the opener, before suffering a 4-2 setback in the nightcap.

In the opener, junior righthander David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hurled a complete-game five hitter to propel W&L (16-13, 5-7 ODAC) to the win. Sigler (5-4) outdueled VWC ace Brian Corbo, who took his first loss of the season (8-1). Corbo surrendered nine hits and six runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work. At the plate, the Generals were led by freshman leftfielder Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook), who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The victory was a true team effort, as each W&L starter banged out at least one hit.

In the nightcap, W&L took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but was not able to score again in falling by a score of 4-2. The Generals managed only four hits off VWC starter Myron Trunick, who moved to 6-1 on the year with the win. Sophomore Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) paced W&L with a 2-for 3 effort at the plate. Freshman Michael Hanson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) took the loss on the mound (6-2) despite working a complete-game eight-hitter. Wesleyan (27-7, 12-2 ODAC) was led offensively by Evan Spivey, who went 2-for-3 in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday, April 19th, when they host Eastern Mennonite in a 3:00 pm doubleheader that was rescheduled from Saturday, April 8th due to rain.

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HORNETS HOLD OFF W&L, 3-2 (4/13)

WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Shenandoah University baseball team defeated Washington and Lee by a score of 3-2 on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in Winchester, Va.

W&L senior lefthander Chris Stakem (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) suffered his third loss of the season on the mound (2-3) despite hurling a complete-game seven-hitter. Stakem walked only two Hornet batters while striking out four. Securing the win for SU (24-8) was Adrian Johnson, who hurled six innings while allowing only one run on three W&L hits.

At the plate, W&L (15-12) was led by senior centerfielder John Ezbiansky (Old Forge, Pa./Scranton Prep), who hammered out two hits in four at-bats and scored both of the Generals' runs. The Hornets were paced by Geoff Williams and Jeremy Schutt, each of whom garnered two hits in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday, April 15th, when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a 12:00 pm Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader.

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W&L DEFEATS SOUTHERN VIRGINIA, 21-5, IN BASEBALL (4/12)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team improved to 15-11 on the season with a 21-5 win over cross-town foe Southern Virginia College in collegiate baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.

The Generals (15-11) jumped ahead early, posting a 5-0 lead after just two innings of action thanks in large part to two RBI singles by sophomore third-baseman Matt Kozora (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg). Brandon Turley got the Knights (0-26) on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a solo home-run, his first of the season. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Generals put the game away by scoring nine runs on just four hits. Each of the nine W&L starters scored a run in the frame. From there, the Generals cruised to the win, outscoring the Knights by a count of 7-4 before the game was called after the top of the eighth inning.

W&L junior David Sigler (Strasburg, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) moved to 4-4 on the year after garnering the victory on the mound. Brandon Turley fell to 0-8 on the season for SVC, pitching six innings while giving up 16 runs. Only eight of the Generals' runs were earned, as the Knights committed 12 errors during the game. At the plate, W&L was led by Kozora, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman first-baseman Brian Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) also went 3-for-4 on the day.

Washington and Lee will return to action tomorrow, as it travels to Shenandoah University for a 3:00 pm non-conference matchup.

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