LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team fell, 11-4, to top-ranked SUNY Cortland in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The second contest was halted in the top of the fifth inning, and was eventually called due to rain. Since the game did not go a full 5.0 innings to become official, it was declared a no contest and will not be made up. The statistics from the matchup will not count and records will not be affected.
The Red Dragons (3-2) scored 10 runs in the final three innings of the first game to come away with the victory.
The Generals (5-4) held a 2-1 lead through six innings, but Cortland used a six-run seventh to take a 7-2 advantage. The first two batters of the frame reached on a double and an error. After a W&L pitching change, sophomore designated hitter Danny Coleman notched an RBI single to tie the game, 2-2. Junior shortstop Billy Kozak followed with a one-run single to give the Red Dragons a 3-2 advantage.
With two on and two outs later in the inning, sophomore left fielder Colin BeVard hit a two-run single up the middle to stretch the margin to 5-2. Cortland added its final two runs of the inning on an RBI single by sophomore second baseman Garrett Heaton and an RBI double by senior first baseman Patrick Schetter.
The Red Dragons added two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to extend the lead to 11-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. The Blue and White tallied its final two runs of the game on a two-run single by first-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) in the final half inning.
Senior Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) suffered the loss for the Generals to fall to 0-1. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings pitched. Junior Noah Ernst (1-0) came out of the bullpen to secure the victory for Cortland. He threw the final 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
Volpicelli finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI. Junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) was 2-for-5, including the first collegiate home run of his career in the sixth inning.
The Generals led 4-2 after 4.0 innings in game two. The Red Dragons tallied three runs, while only registering one out to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth, before the skies opened up and forced the game to be called.
The start of the doubleheader was delayed two hours and 45 minutes. The Generals next compete on Wednesday against Ferrum at 3:00 pm at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
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