LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team dropped two extra-inning games on Sunday to Greensboro at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Each contest was originally scheduled for seven innings, but it took a five-run rally in the ninth for the Pride (18-19) to take game one, 7-2. Greensboro then totaled three runs in the eighth inning of game two to claim the second, 6-3.
The Generals (12-21) trailed 2-0 through four innings of the opener, but then a two-out two-run rally in the fifth tied the contest. With two down and a runner on second, first-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) singled through the left side to put W&L's first run on the board, 2-1.
Following an errant pick-off throw that allowed Volpicelli to advance to second, junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) sent another single to left, and Volpicelli beat the tag at the plate to tie the game, 2-2.
The score remained knotted through the next three innings until the top of the ninth. W&L first-year Mason Shuffler (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) started the inning, after coming on to relieve junior Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier). After retiring the first batter with a strikeout, the next four batters reached, which produced one run, to give Greensboro a 3-2 edge.
Sophomore Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) was brought on to try and escape the jam, but three straight hits, including a two-run double by senior first baseman Blake Glass, added four more runs to the tally and gave the Pride a 7-2 advantage. W&L only mustered one hit in the bottom of the frame to end the game.
Shuffler (1-5) took the loss, pitching just 0.1 of an inning. He allowed four runs on one hit and two walks. Earvolino pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of relief for the Generals, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. Junior Joseph Hoelle threw 4.1 innings of relief to improve to 3-2 on the year. He gave up one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts.
The Blue and White took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of game two on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) and a RBI single by senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy). The Pride had runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the fourth, and then an error by Feeley loaded the bases to extend the inning.
Following the mishap, junior starter Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) had back-to-back wild pitches, which allowed Greensboro to tie the game (2-2). Each team added a run in the sixth. The Pride came home on another wild pitch, while junior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) ripped a RBI single through the right side to tie the contest, 3-3, in the bottom half of the frame.
The Generals had the potential winning run at second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Loewenberg and Feeley were then retired in order to prevent W&L from securing the win.
The Pride answered in the top of the eighth with a three-run rally (6-3), aided by a three-base throwing error by Boyce. W&L had its first two batters reach in the bottom of the inning, but then a fly out and two straight pop outs ended the game.
Junior pitcher Eli Moravick (3-0) earned the win for Greensboro. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on two hits. Senior Christian Kercado came on to record the final out of the game for his third save of the season.
Boyce suffered the loss for W&L to fall to 0-2. He went 7.0 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks. He did have four strikeouts but also totaled four wild pitches.
Smalley went 4-for-4 in game two with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Sophomore center fielder Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) was 4-for-4 with a run scored in game one.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they play at Shenandoah at 4:00 pm.
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