FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Washington and Lee baseball team rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth, but Methodist held on for a 7-6 victory on Tuesday at Armstrong-Shelley Field.
The Monarchs (6-1) took a 7-4 lead into the final frame. Junior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) led off the inning by reaching on an error by the second baseman. Following a strikeout, first-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third for the Generals (4-2) with one out.
Sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) brought one run home with a groundout to short, and then junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) ripped an RBI single to left to close the gap to one (7-6). First-year pitcher Will Walker escaped the jam and registered his third save of the season by striking out junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) to end the game.
Junior pitcher Tyler Carmen (2-1) earned the victory for Methodist. He pitched 4.1 innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Senior David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) took the loss for W&L to fall to 1-1. He gave up five runs (all unearned) on one hit and five walks in 4.2 innings pitched.
The Blue and White notched the first four runs of the contest. W&L tallied two in the first on an RBI single by Loewenberg, and then Feeley crossed the plate on a wild pitch. In the second, Feeley registered a sacrifice fly, and senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) extended the advantage to 4-0 with his first collegiate home run in the top of the fourth.
The Monarchs grabbed the lead with five unearned runs in the top of the fifth. During the rally, the Generals committed one error, threw four wild pitches and walked three batters.
Methodist added two runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back bases loaded walks to push its lead to 7-4.
Feeley finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Loewenberg was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The teams play again on Wednesday at Armstrong-Shelley Field at 4:00 pm.
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