W&L Baseball Sweeps E&H, 7-4 and 11-8

W&L Baseball Sweeps E&H, 7-4 and 11-8

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored 18 runs en route to a doubleheader sweep over Emory & Henry on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. 

The Generals (14-24, 6-14 ODAC) used a four-run third inning to take the opener, 7-4, and then totaled a season-high 18 hits on their way to winning the second, 11-8.

W&L was trailing, 2-1, entering the bottom of the third of game one. With one out, first-year third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) walked and junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) followed with a double to right center to put two runners on base.

After a walk by junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) loaded the bases, the Wasps (11-21, 4-16 ODAC) recorded the second out of the frame with a strikeout. Senior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) picked up a RBI with a walk to tie the game (2-2).

Senior designated hitter Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) then laced a single to left, which went under the glove of the left fielder, and three Generals crossed the plate to give the team a 5-2 advantage.

The Blue and White put the game away three innings later. First-year catcher Jack Giardino (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) ripped a one-run double down the right field to extend the margin to 6-2, and then a RBI single by Loewenberg pushed the lead to 7-2 later in the frame.

E&H scored two in the top of the eighth, but W&L hung on for the 7-4 victory. Senior pitcher Brian Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga./Allatoona) came out of the pen to pick up the win and improve to 1-0. He went 4.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Senior Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) threw 1.2 innings of relief, which marked the 54th appearance of his career. He is now tied for third on the W&L all-time appearances list.

Junior Gavin Felty suffered the loss for the Wasps to fall to 4-5. He gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks in 6.0 innings.

The Generals struck first with five runs in the bottom of the second of game two. Crane led the inning off with a single, and then Diven brought him home (1-0) with a RBI double to left center. Following a single by junior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin), sophomore center fielder Marshall Dike (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) sent a RBI single to right center to plate Diven (2-0).

A walk to sophomore catcher Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) loaded the bases, and Volpicelli pushed the lead to 3-0 on a one-run single to center. Loewenberg then recorded a RBI groundout (4-0), and senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) capped the rally with one-run single through the left side to give the team a 5-0 advantage.

The W&L lead was just 6-4 to start the bottom of the fourth, but the Blue and White then put another crooked number on the board to take firm control of the contest. With runners on first and second, Crane lifted a RBI single to left center to give W&L a 7-4 edge.

With the bases loaded and one out later in the inning, Dike singled down the right field line to plate two (9-4), and Burnette finished off the frame with a RBI single through the left side to extend the advantage to 10-4.

E&H outscored the Blue and White, 4-1, over the final four innings, but the Generals were able to hold on for the 11-8 win. Sophomore Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) pitched 1.1 innings of relief to earn the victory and improve to 2-0. He allowed two runs on two hits. Sophomore Alex Laws (0-3) took the loss for the Wasps. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.

Junior Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to register his fifth save of the year. It also marked the 57 appearance of his career, tying the W&L all-time record held by Jake Rudolph '14. Devereux also improved his school career saves record to 18.

Smalley finished the doubleheader 5-for-8 with two RBI, two runs, a triple, a double and a walk. Dike was 4-for-9 with three RBI, two runs and a double. Crane went 3-for-8 with three RBI, three runs and a walk.

The Generals have now concluded their 2018 season.

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