SVU Baseball Team Trips Up W&L, But Generals Top No. 1 Shenandoah

By: 
Jeremy S. Franklin

Monday, April 10 – Southern Virginia used a ninth-inning rally to stun Washington and Lee 8-7 in a college baseball matchup at Cap’n Dick Smith Field in Lexington on Tuesday of last week.

Less than 24 hours later, the Generals downed top-ranked Shenandoah 3-1 to remain atop the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings.

In Tuesday’s game, W&L jumped in front 6-0 after two innings, but SVU got back in the game with a 4-run fourth frame. The Knights still trailed 7-5 entering the ninth inning, but they manufactured runs on a sacrifice fly, a single and a bases-loaded walk to claim the win.

Jonathan Hodges threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief for SVU and allowed just one hit to earn the victory, while Zach McNally batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs. The win avenged a 3-0 loss to W&L on March 9, though the Generals still lead the all-time series 22-9.

Last Wednesday, W&L would hand No. 1 Shenandoah just its second loss of the season, using a terrific performance from senior right-hander Tom Concklin to hold off the Hornets.

Pitching on three days’ rest, Concklin allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. Meanwhile, the Generals (20-8) scored all of their runs in the first three stanzas, with Ryan Monson’s two-run double providing the margin of victory.

With an 11-1 conference record, W&L sits in first place in the ODAC. SVU would drop Capital Athletic Conference games to Christopher Newport and Marymount later in the week, falling to 9-25 overall and 2-13 in conference play.

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