W&L Baseball Stumbles against Ferrum, 17-3

W&L Baseball Stumbles against Ferrum, 17-3

LEXINGTON, Va. — Ferrum scored 10 runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 17-3 victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Wednesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

Holding a 4-1 leading entering the fifth, the first eight batters of the inning reached base for the Panthers (2-8) before the Generals (5-5) recorded the first out. The rally started with a walk, a single and a wild pitch, and then a two-run single by sophomore left fielder Drew Calohan extended the lead to 6-1.

W&L walked the next two batters to load the bases and then forced in a run (7-1) with a hit by pitch. Junior right fielder Brandon Roberts singled up the middle to plate two more to stretch the advantage to 9-1. Following a steal, junior second baseman Nathaniel Anthony singled down the right field line, forcing two more Panthers across the plate (11-1).

Ferrum registered its first out of the inning on a fly ball to center, but then three of the next four batters singled to notch the final three runs of the rally to effectively put the game away at 14-1.

The Blue and White scored the first of its three runs of the contest on a double play in the first. An RBI ground out by junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) in the fifth gave the Generals their second tally, and the final run came in the ninth, when sophomore catcher Ben Capouya (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) scored on a double by first-year designated hitter Bradford Martin (Ball Ground, Ga./Creekview).  

Junior Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) took the loss for W&L to fall to 0-1. He gave up three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings pitched. Junior Sam Suite earned the win for Ferrum in 4.0 innings to move to 1-0. He allowed just one run on three hits with three strikeouts.

Volpicelli finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and a double. Junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) was 2-for-3 in the contest, and Martin was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The 17 runs are the most given up by W&L since a 28-14 loss at Shenandoah on April 16, 2013.

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they host Penn State-Harrisburg for a doubleheader at 12:00 pm.

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