Guilford College Baseball Finals – Guilford 4-8., Washington and Lee 3-6

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team dropped an ODAC doubleheader to Guilford on Saturday afternoon at Cap’n Dick Smith Field. The Generals lost the first game, 4-3, and then fell in the nightcap, 8-6.

The initial game remained scoreless through 3.5 innings until W&L junior second baseman Byron Peyster’s (Washington, D.C./Maret) sacrifice fly plated sophomore first baseman Hunter Serenbetz (Stamford, Ct./Taft School) in the bottom of the fourth. GC even the score in the top of the sixth off a home run from junior designated hitter Brad Buchman (Indian Shores, Fla./Lenoir-Rhyne) and then extended its lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh, aided by a Buchman two-run double. Sophomore catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) smacked a double to right field, scoring two runs and tightening the score to 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally was cut short as the Quakers retired the Generals’ final two batters.

Lewis had one hit in four at-bats with a double and two RBI in the opener, while sophomore shortstop John Ditore (Shoreline, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) and senior right-fielder James Madden (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) both batted 3-for-4. Peyster was 2-for-2 from the plate with a double and an RBI. Senior left-hander Jeff Pharis (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass) took the loss (1-1), after giving up two hits and three earned runs in just 1.1 innings of work.

GC was led in game one by Buchman’s 2-for-4 outing with a double, a home run and three RBI. Sophomore right-hander Ryan Hairston (Clarksville, Va./Danville C.C.) tossed the entire seven-inning game for the Quakers, allowing 12 hits and three earned runs.

In the second game, GC jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after the first frame and led 6-2 entering the fourth inning. Serenbetz homered to right center in the bottom of the fourth and Madden hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4, but GC immediately plated two runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-4 advantage. W&L attempted another comeback in the bottom of the seventh as Ditore tallied an RBI single and Madden notched an RBI double, slicing the lead to 8-6, but it wasn’t enough as the Quakers held on for their second win of the day.

Serenbetz totaled two hits in four at-bats in game two, along with a home run and two RBI. Junior center-fielder Terrence McKelvey (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) hit 2-for-3 and Madden was 1-for-4 from the plate with a double and two RBI. Senior right-hander Tim Livingston (Los Angeles, Calif./Santa Monica) was saddled with the loss (3-2) after allowing five hits and four earned runs in the first three innings of the contest.

GC (14-14, 4-6) was led by sophomore catcher Jason Flud (Jacksonville, N.C./Pfeiffer), who had one hit in three at-bats with two RBI. Buchman hit 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while senior first baseman Phil Drew (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) posted a 2-for-5 performance from the plate with a double.

The Generals (16-8, 7-6) return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Shenandoah for a 4:00 pm contest.

Guilford 4, Washington and Lee 3 (Mar 29, 2008 at Lexington, Va.) (Game 1)
Guilford………… 000 001 3 – 4 8 1 (13-14, 3-6 ODAC)
Washington and Lee.. 000 100 2 – 3 12 3 (16-7, 7-5 ODAC)
Pitchers: Guilford – Ryan Hairston. Washington and Lee – Charles Davidson; Jeff Pharis(6); Nathaniel Adkins(7).
Win-Ryan Hairston(5-4) Loss-Jeff Pharis(1-1) T-2:02 A-200
HR GC – Brad Buchman (9).
Game notes: Phil Drew’s RBI single in the 7th lifted GC to victory. He scored Terrance Penn, a pinch-runner for Brad Buchman, who hit a 2-run HR 1 batter earlier. Buchman also led off the 6th with a solo HR. Will Lewis’ 1-out, 2-run double made it 4-3, but W&L stranded him at 3rd base. Davidson faced 2 batters in the 6th. Game: GCB-27

Guilford 8, Washington and Lee 6 (Mar 29, 2008 at Lexington, Va.) (Game 2)
Guilford………… 501 002 000 – 8 7 0 (14-14, 4-6 ODAC)
Washington and Lee.. 200 110 200 – 6 9 2 (16-8, 7-6 ODAC)
Pitchers: Guilford – Drew Gurkin; Reid MacLean(6). Washington and Lee – Tim Livingston; Brendan Clark(4); John Parker(7); Andrew Henderson(9).
Win-Drew Gurkin(2-0) Save-Reid MacLean(1) Loss-Tim Livingston(3-2) T-2:32 A-220
HR W&L – Hunter Serenbetz.
Game notes: Brad Buchman’s RBI double highlighted GC’s 5-run 1st. Jason Flud added an RBI single in the 1st and an RBI grounder in the 2nd. Byron Myers’ bases-loaded walk in the 6th provided with provide to be the game-winning run. GC’s 1st sweep of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference road DH since 2005. Game: GCB-28