GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Washington and Lee baseball scored 10 runs to win first game of a doubleheader at Greensboro on Sunday, but scored just once in the second contest to split the twin bill.
The Generals (4-1) claimed the opener, 10-5, but the Pride (2-1) ran away with the second game, 12-1.
W&L tallied the first eight runs of game one, including a three-run fourth inning. Already holding a 3-0 advantage, sophomore left fielder Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) led off the inning with a walk. Following a sacrifice bunt and a fly out, sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) walked to put runners on first and second.
After a pitching change for the Pride, junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) singled to center to bring home Dike. Monson and Feeley advanced to second and third on the play due to a throwing error by the center fielder. Junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) then registered a two-run single to extend the Blue and White lead to 6-0.
W&L added two runs in the top of the fifth to push the advantage to 8-0, but Greensboro answered with five in the bottom of the frame. The Generals put the game away with two insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep).
Sophomore Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) earned the victory for the Blue and White to improve to 2-0. He threw 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Junior Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) pitched the final 3.0 innings without allowing a run. He gave up two hits and struck out three, while notching the first save of his career.
Senior pitcher Piero Amador suffered the loss for Greensboro to fall to 0-1. He gave up five runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings with five strikeouts.
W&L was trailing 2-0 after two innings in game two and scored its lone run of the contest in the top of the third, when Crane came home on a wild pitch. The Pride responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame and then two more in the bottom of the fourth. Greensboro blew the game open in the fifth with four runs to extend the lead to 10-1.
Junior pitcher Will Hicks secured the victory for Greensboro to move to 1-0. He pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run on four hits. Sophomore pitcher Tyler Garam pitched the final 3.0 innings to record a save.
First-year Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va./James River) took the loss for W&L and is now 0-1 on the year. He went 1.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), while walking four. Crane finished the doubleheader 3-for-7 with 3 RBI and a run scored.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they play at Methodist at 4:00 pm.
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