SALEM, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team used a late rally in game one to split a doubleheader at 13th-ranked Roanoke on Saturday at Salem Stadium.
The Generals (12-20, 4-13 ODAC) scored six runs over the final two innings of game one to earn an 8-5 come from behind victory. The Maroons (24-8, 13-4 ODAC) held the Blue and White to just three hits in taking game two, 6-1.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the eighth of the opener, first-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) walked to start the frame. Following a fly out, junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) then loaded the bases with another single.
Senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) was next to the plate, and laid down a sacrifice bunt on a squeeze play to bring home Volpicelli to trim the deficit to 4-3. The Blue and White then took the lead, 5-4, when two runs scored on an error by the Roanoke second baseman.
The Maroons evened the game (5-5) in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by senior shortstop Eli Sumpter. The Generals responded with another rally in the top of the ninth. First-year left fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) was hit by a pitch to open the frame.
After a strikeout, Volpicelli singled through the left side to put two runners on, and then both of the Generals advanced one base on a balk. Roanoke recorded the second out of the inning on another strikeout, but then Feeley was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Smalley came through in the clutch with a two-run single to give the Blue and White a 7-5 advantage, and then back-to-back walks forced in another run to extend the advantage to the final margin, 8-5.
Junior Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill. Prospect) secured the victory for W&L to improve to 2-2. He threw 3.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts. First-year pitcher Kevin Ledford (0-2) suffered the loss for Roanoke. He gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
The Maroons scored the first three runs of game two in the second inning. First-year designated hitter Will Salva brought the first run home on a RBI single and then a two-run single by junior catcher Robbie Edwards pushed the lead to 3-0.
The Generals got one run back in the fifth on a RBI single by first-year catcher Jack Giardino (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School), but a three-run seventh inning by Roanoke put the game away.
First-year pitcher Peyton McCann (Midlothian, Va./James River) took the loss for W&L to fall to 2-4. He allowed three runs on two hits and three walks in 1.0 inning. Junior Nick Raulin (3-0) came out of the bullpen to win the game for the Maroons. He pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless work with two strikeouts.
Feeley finished the doubleheader 3-for-7 with three runs, one RBI and two walks. Volpicelli was 2-for-7 with two walks and three runs scored.
The Generals return to action on Sunday, when they host Greensboro for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 pm.
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