W&L Baseball Edged by Roanoke in ODAC Championship, 4-3

W&L Baseball Edged by Roanoke in ODAC Championship, 4-3

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Roanoke scored four runs in the first five innings on its way to defeating the Washington and Lee baseball team, 4-3, in the ODAC Championship game on Monday at City Stadium in Lynchburg.   

The Generals (28-14) grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded, junior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and then junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) lifted a sacrifice fly to right center.

The Maroons (29-16) answered with two runs in the top of the third. Following a single to open the frame, senior third baseman Collier Donald doubled to left to tie the game, 2-2. With one out and a runner on third, sophomore shortstop Dean Hermanson hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Roanoke a 3-2 lead.

RC pushed the margin to 4-2 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by first-year shortstop Sam Watson. The Blue and White trimmed the deficit to 4-3 on an RBI groundout by senior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) in the sixth.

The Blue and White had the tying run on second with two out in the eighth, but junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) hit a sharp liner right at the second baseman to end the rally. Senior Rawlings Cumbea registered the final six outs for the Maroons to close out the contest.

Senior Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) suffered the loss for W&L. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings. Sophomore Ethan Delahunty (1-0) earned the victory for Roanoke. He pitched 2.0 innings out of the bullpen, giving up one run.

Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) was 2-for-5 in the game and increased his single-season hit total to 66. The 66 hits are the second-most in a single season in program history. Taylor McConnell '06 holds the all-time mark with 67 in 2005.  

Following the conclusion of the contest, W&L had six players named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team. Concklin, senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College), Swenson, Crane, Feeley & Ruedisili all earned a spot on the 12-member team.

This marked the first time the Blue and White competed in the ODAC title game since 2009, and was just the sixth time in program history. The Generals tied a single-season record for victories with 28. The 2003 team finished its season 28-8. W&L will wait and see if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field is released Sunday, May 14.

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