LEXINGTON, Va. — A strong pitching performance by senior Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) in the second game of the doubleheader gave the Washington and Lee baseball team a split on Saturday against Penn State Harrisburg at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
The Lions (3-3) scored five runs in the eighth inning to come from behind to win the opener, 7-6. Murphy threw 6.0 innings, while giving up just two runs, to lead the Generals (6-6) to a 9-7 victory in the second contest.
Penn State Harrisburg scored the first five runs of the second game in the top of the first, but W&L responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame. During the Blue and White's rally, junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) registered an RBI, senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) notched an RBI single up the middle and sophomore catcher Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) looped a two-run double down the right field line.
The Generals tied the game in the third on an RBI single to right by Burnette. W&L took the lead in the fourth with a four-run rally. Following a one-out double to left by sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland), Feeley smashed a double to left, which gave the Blue and White a 6-5 lead.
Loewenberg then singled to left to bring home Feeley (7-5). Burnette capped the rally a few batters later with a two-run triple to center to give W&L a 9-5 advantage. It also gave Burnette five RBI in the contest.
In the ninth, Murphy started to run into trouble after 6.0 shutout innings, allowing the first three batters to reach safely. Junior Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) was brought in from the pen to finish the contest. The Lions scored two runs (9-7) on a ground out and a fly out, but Earvolino registered the final out on a fly ball to right to give W&L the victory and register his second save of the season.
Murphy pitched 7.0 innings over the two contests, as he threw one inning of scoreless relief in the opener. In the second contest, he entered in the third inning out of the bullpen with the Blue and White trailing, 5-4.
Murphy preceded to throw 6.0 shutout innings before being removed in the ninth with the bases loaded. He earned the victory in game two to improve to 1-1 on the year. Sophomore pitcher Austin Kunkel (0-1) took the loss for the Lions in the second game. He allowed four runs on four hits in just 0.2 innings pitched.
W&L held a 4-2 edge through seven innings of game one. After a leadoff single and a steal by sophomore right fielder Bret Williams to start the eighth, first-year designated hitter Casey Winters hit a towering fly ball to left field.
Sophomore Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) attempted to make the play but crashed into the wall as the ball landed at the base of the wall. Monson had to come over and retrieve the ball, but by then Winters had come all the way around the bases for a two-run inside the park home run to tie the game, 4-4.
The next two batters reached for the Lions and then a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. First-year third baseman Ryan McSorley then laced a triple down the right field line to plate two (6-4). A sacrifice fly by Penn State Harrisburg extended the lead to 7-4.
The Generals had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Following a walk and two singles, W&L had the bases loaded with no outs. Feeley singled up the middle to plate two runs and pull the Blue and White to within one (7-6).
Following a fielder's choice and a strikeout, the Generals had runners at second and third with two outs. Smalley was intentially walked and then Burnette struck out to end the contest.
Junior Brendan Riotto (1-1) earned the win for the Lions. He pitched just a third of an inning, allowing one run on one hit. Junior Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) took the loss for W&L to fall to 0-1. He gave up five runs on four hits, while striking out three.
Burnette finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and five RBI. First-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) went 4-for-10 with three runs and an RBI. Feeley ended the day 4-for-7 with four RBI, three runs and a double.
The two teams wrap up a three-game series on Sunday, when they play at 12:00 pm at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
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