LEXINGTON, Va. – Sophomore left-hander Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn. / McCallie School) tossed 6.2 innings of three-hit ball to lead the Washington and Lee baseball team to a 6-0 win over Averett in the first game of a season-opening double-header at Cap'n Dick Smith Field on Friday evening.
The Generals spotted McKoon all the runs he would need over the first two innings, assuming a 3-0 lead entering the top of the third. Senior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla. / The Benjamin School) started the bottom of the first by drawing a walk and he eventually stole second base to get into scoring position. He later crossed home plate on a two-out single to center by junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla. / Episcopal School).
W&L added a pair of unearned runs in the second inning for the 3-0 advantage. Senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) led off the inning and earned a trip to first base after being hit by a pitch. He later scored with two outs on a fielding error by Averett first-year third baseman Nick Taylor. Sophomore catcher Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va. / Gretna) added another unearned run for the Generals when he scored on an RBI ground out by Ruedisili one batter later.
McKoon continued to cruise on the hill and the Generals tacked on three more unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, sophomore left fielder Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Country Day) reached on a fielding error by Cougar junior first baseman Corey Wall. He later stole second and senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn. / Fairfield College Prep) was hit by a pitch to give the Generals a pair of baserunners. Ruedisili brought both home with a double to right center that gave W&L a 5-0 lead. He later scored the final run on a two-out RBI single to right field by sophomore right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas / Wakeland).
McKoon finished with seven strikeouts and no walks. He was spelled for the final batter of the game by sophomore right-hander Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas / Saint Mary's Hall), who recorded a strikeout for the final out of the contest.
Ruedisili led the Generals at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Monson and Feeley both also went 1-for-3 with one RBI as well.
Junior center fielder A.J. Hart went 1-for-2 at the dish for Averett. Junior right-hander Matt Tuggle was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings of work. He allowed two hits, striking out two with two walks. First-year left-hander Ben Kimberlin pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The Generals continue action with the second game of a double-header against Averett.