LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team used a four-run fifth inning to out-score Averett, 11-7, in the second game of a double-header on Friday evening at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Generals took game one by a score of 6-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
In the nightcap, Averett (0-2) held a 7-6 lead after the first three innings. However, W&L claimed the lead for good in the fifth inning with a rally that started on a double by senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn. / Fairfield College Prep) with one out. Senior centerfielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla. / The Benjamin School) followed with a walk and both moved up one base on a wild pitch. Junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla. / Episcopal School) tied the game at 7-7 with an RBI single to right that plated Crane, and Ruedisili scored what proved to be the winning run on a failed pickoff attempt with two outs. Two batters later, junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md. / Friends School) knocked home a pair of insurance runs with a two-run double to left center that scored Feeley and sophomore designated hitter Ben Capouya (San Marino, Calif. / San Marino).
Junior right-hander Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill. / Prospect) entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and shut the door on the Cougars for his first save of the season. He pitched the final 5.0 innings, allowing holding AU scoreless while allowing just four hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two.
Sophomore right-hander Kenneth Hartzfeld (Marietta, Ga. / Westminster) earned the win, allowing one earned run in 2.0 innings of work. He surrendered four hits, striking out two batters. First-year right-hander Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va. / James River) started the game, while sophomore right-hander Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas / Saint Mary's Hall) also received some work on the mound.
Loewenberg finished with two hits in three at-bats, adding a pair of walks as well. He produced a double and a team-leading three RBI. Capouya went 3-for-4 with two walks, one RBI and two runs scored, while Feeley finished 2-for-4 with and RBI and three runs scored. Ruedisili went 1-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored as well.
Averett used five different pitchers, with junior right-hander Dillon Roberts coming up with the loss. He allowed four runs in 2.2 innings of work. Junior second baseman Kyle Vidano recorded four hits in six at-bats to lead the Cougars' offense. Junior catcher Neil Hutchins added a 2-for-4 performance with two RBI.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Southern Virginia for a 3:00 pm contest. W&L was slated to face Averett again on Sunday, but the game has since been cancelled.