LYNCHBURG, Va. — Behind a three-run home run by junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore), the Washington and Lee baseball team earned a doubleheader split at Lynchburg on Saturday.
The Hornets (11-8, 4-5 ODAC) notched the final five runs of game one to take the opener, 5-4, in 10 innings, but the Generals (8-13, 1-6 ODAC) answered with a 5-2 victory in game two.
The Blue and White took control of second game in the top of the second inning. Sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) led off the frame with a single to left. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) brought him home (1-0) on a RBI single to left.
With two outs and Diven still on first, first-year second baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) singled to left. Loewenberg then launched a three-run homer over the wall in right to extend the Generals' lead to 4-0. It marked the second long ball of the season for Loewenberg and pushed his team-leading RBI total to 22.
W&L added an insurance run in the fourth on a RBI single by junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School). Lynchburg tallied one run in the seventh and one run in the ninth, but never really threatened the Generals' lead.
First-year pitcher Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va./James River) earned the victory for the Blue and White to move to 2-2. He did not allow a run in 6.0 innings on just two hits with a career-best nine strikeouts. First-year pitcher Jason Wood (1-1) took the loss for the Hornets, giving up four runs on six hits in 2.0 innings.
The Generals scored the first four runs of game one to take a 4-0 lead through the top of the sixth. Diven and Monson each had one RBI, and W&L scored the other two runs due to Lynchburg errors.
The Hornets rallied in the bottom of the sixth for two runs to trim the deficit to 4-2. In the bottom of the eighth with one out, Lynchburg laid down back-to-back bunt singles to put runners on the corners.
Senior designated hitter Will Harris then came to the plate and blooped a RBI single to center to bring the Hornets to within one (4-3). The next batter lined out to second, but when Volpicelli attempted to double Harris off of first, his throw went in the dirt and bounced away from Loewenberg, allowing the tying run to cross the plate, 4-4.
With one out in the 10th, junior shortstop Thomas Powell doubled down the left field line to put the potential winning run in scoring position for the Hornets. Harris followed with another shot down the left field line to bring home Powell and give Lynchburg the 5-4 victory.
Junior pitcher Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) suffered the loss for the Generals to fall to 1-2. He gave up three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings on five hits. Junior Graham Boggio (3-2) secured the win, pitching the final 5.0 innings for the Hornets. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits.
For the doubleheader, Feeley went 5-for-10 with a RBI and Diven was 3-for-8 with two runs scored and a RBI.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they host Bridgewater at 4:00 pm.
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