LEXINGTON, VA – Strong Pitching for Washington and Lee University signaled a tough end to the UMaine-Presque Isle Baseball teams first southward swing through the Blue Ridge Mountains, losing 12-0 in game one and 15-0 in the nightcap.
Washington and Lee starter Nate Plein was perfect through six, as the Generals cruised to a victory in game one. Jordan Perry took the ball for the Owls and had a strong start. He ran into some trouble in the fourth when the Washington and Lee offense managed to plate three runs on four hits to extend their lead to 4-0.
With one out in the fifth, Taylor Rowe barely beat out an infield single. Perry wasted little time getting the second out, but eight consecutive General batters managed to reach base and score before the inning finally game to an end. Justin Bergeron would collect the only hit of the game by leading off the seventh inning with a double but was stranded on base, sealing a 12-0 victory for the Generals.
In game two the Generals jumped on Owl pitching early. Starter Ghazaleh Sailors was unable to get out of the second, giving up eight runs, four of which were earned. Four General pitchers combined to shut out the Owls, and Washington and Lee took the second game by a score of 15-0. Cam Morrell collected two hits for the Owls.
First-year head coach Mike Pankow and his travel weary group will make the return trip to Northern Maine, ending the first 3,000 mile odyssey for the Blue & Gold on the season. The Owls will be back on the field at Newbury College on March 15th for the first of a four game series.