UMW Baseball Opens 2011 With Sweep of Messiah

The University of Mary Washington baseball team erupted for seven runs in the first game, and freshman Jake Black (Fredericksburg, Va., Colonial Forge) threw five no-hit innings in the nightcap to lead the University of Mary Washington baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Messiah College in both teams' season opener on Saturday at Dickinson Stadium.

In the opener, the Eagles scored twice in the first inning and held a 5-0 lead through four in a 7-3 win. Freshman left fielder Beattie Southerland (Purcellville, Va., Loudoun Valley) went 3-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and two RBI in his first college game, and senior centerfielder Jackson Clement (Fairfax, Va., Woodson) added a double and two singles to pace the Eagle offense. Freshman first baseman Jeff Rezach (Mendham, N.J., West Morris Mendham) added a single and double.

Senior righty Eric Rehbein (Alexandria, Va., Gonzaga) allowed six hits in seven innings in picking up the win, allowing one earned run with one strikeout and no walks.

In the nightcap, Southerland added another pair of hits to pace the offense and freshman Jake Black allowed no hits in five innings in picking up the win. Black struck out four and walked four. Junior Ryan Engelking (Silver Spring, Md., DeMatha) picked up the save, striking out two in the seventh inning.

The Eagles will host Christopher Newport University on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.