W&L swept by Ferrum to open ODAC play

Matthew Jones

FERRUM, Va. – In the first ODAC games of the season, the Washington and Lee baseball team was swept in a doubleheader at Ferrum, falling by scores of 6-1 and 6-4 on Saturday.

After the first two batters of game one were retired, W&L (6-5, 0-2 ODAC) senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) doubled to right, before moving up to third base on an infield single to short from first-year catcher Luke Czepiel (Devon, Pa./Conestoga). Junior third baseman Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) then doubled to right center to bring Loewenberg in for the game's first run.

The Panthers (6-5, 2-0 ODAC) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when senior right fielder Brandon Roberts reached on a bunt single to third, before scoring on a double to left center off the bat of senior shortstop Jake Martin. Junior catcher Tim Ortega then singled to center to bring Martin across to give Ferrum the lead.

Ferrum tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to left from sophomore left fielder Josh Greenway, before scoring the final three runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth. First-year designated hitter Will Davis reached on a fielder's choice, driving in the frame's first run, followed by RBI singles from Greenway and junior first baseman Drew Calohan.

The Panthers struck first in game two when Ortega hit a run-scoring single to right after two of the first three batters of the inning reached base. In the bottom of the second, junior center fielder Grey Sherfey hit a one-out RBI double to right and proceeded to score on a single to right by senior second baseman Nathaniel Anthony.

The Ferrum lead expanded to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Martin led off the frame with a solo home run. But the Generals got the run back in the top of the sixth when Burnette doubled to lead off the inning and scored when junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) singled up the middle.

The Panthers added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out solo shot off the bat of Anthony, before Loewenberg answered for W&L in the top of the seventh with a sac fly to left, allowing senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School), who walked to lead off the inning, to score from third.

Ferrum added its sixth run in the bottom of the eighth, as a pair of W&L errors allowed Sherfey to reach base with one out and score two batters later.

Senior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) reached on an error with one out in the ninth and came across to score when Burnette doubled to left. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Burnette scored when Monson singled up the middle, cutting the Ferrum lead to 6-4. But the Generals' comeback attempt ended there as Davis got Czepiel to ground into a fielder's choice to close the game.

Feeley and Jones led the way for the W&L offense, going 4-for-9 apiece between the two games. Feeley notched a pair of hits in both games and scored once, while Jones' day was highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance in game two.

With his nine at-bats on the day, Feeley broke the program record for career at-bats (519, Michael Hanson '03), ending the day with his 522nd at-bat in the ninth inning. He also now has 178 hits in his career, six shy of tying Terrence McKelvey '09 for fourth on the program's all-time hits list.

Burnette, Monson and senior center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) both tallied three hits, with Burnette totaling two RBI, two runs and three doubles while Monson drove in a pair of runs in the second game.

Junior left hander Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) (2-1) took the loss in game one, but tossed six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs) relieved McKoon and gave up three runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts across 1.1 innings, before junior reliever Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) came in and recorded the final two outs.

Junior right hander Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after going two innings and allowing three earned runs on four hits in his third start of the season. Sophomore reliever Chase Fleming (Pennington, N.J./Princeton Day School) pitched for 0.1 of an inning before senior Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) pitched the next 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Senior reliever Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) logged the final 2.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on no hits, one walk and a strikeout.

Ortega and Anthony led the way for the Panthers with three hits apiece and combined for three runs and four RBI on 6-for-12 hitting.

Senior left hander Joey Pride (3-0) earned the win after tossing 6.1 innings in game two, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits, while walking one and striking out five. Davis earned his second save of the year, pitching the final 2.2 innings and allowing one earned run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Junior left hander Colby Grissom (1-1) was the winning pitcher in game one, also going 6.1 innings and allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Senior reliever Noah Collins pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to close the game and earn his first save of the year, allowing three hits and striking out a pair of hitters.

The Generals will return home for their next game on Wednesday, when they host Southern Virginia at 3:30 pm.

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