Feeley sets W&L hits record; Generals split with Guilford

Chadwick Feeley

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) broke the Washington and Lee baseball career hits record with three knocks in an 8-4 loss, before the Generals bounced back to defeat Guilford, 9-3, in game two of an ODAC doubleheader on Saturday.

An RBI infield single from sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) opened the scoring in game two, followed by an RBI groundout from sophomore catcher Jack Giardino (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) to give the Generals 2-0 lead through the top of the second inning.

After a sac fly in the bottom of the second from Guilford junior shortstop Giovanni Garcia cut the Generals' lead in half, the Generals scratched two runs across the plate in both the fifth and sixth innings. Both runs in the fifth came in on a two-run single from junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland), while the runs in the fifth scored on a base hit to left from senior second baseman Ben Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) and a Feeley sac fly to center.

The final three W&L runs came across in the eighth and ninth innings on a Giardino single in the eighth and an RBI triple from Whitely in the ninth. Whitely scored the final run on a balk.

Guilford scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly, but junior reliever Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) got out of the inning by getting a ground ball double play, fielding and firing home for an out, followed by Giardino making the throw to first for the final out of the frame.

The Generals (9-12, 3-7 ODAC) opened the scoring in game one in the top of the third inning when Decembrino hit a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Whitely to score.

Guilford (8-14, 2-5 ODAC) answered in the next half inning, when sophomore catcher Logan King doubled down the right-field line to tie the game, 1-1. The Quakers then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Garcia scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Quakers then broke out in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs on three hits. A pair of runs came in on a W&L error, while a hit batter and a wild pitch brought in two more runs. Junior first baseman Ryan Hill had the lone RBI hit in the inning, a single to left before the Generals escaped the frame.

W&L got two runs back in the top of the eighth on a two RBI double to right center from Monson, before the Quakers tacked on their final run in the bottom of the eighth on a run-scoring single from first-year third baseman Bryce Vestal.

The final W&L run came across to score in the top of the ninth when Feeley doubled off the wall in left field, scoring Decembrino, and breaking the W&L program record for career hits.

Feeley's RBI double was his third hit of the game and the 190th of his career, passing Johnathan Stutts '13 to become the new W&L all-time leader in hits.

Whitely finished with six hits on the day, including four in game two, to lead the Generals' offense. He tripled twice in the second game and totaled four runs and two RBI over both games. Monson tallied three hits over both games, including two in the first game, while senior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) singled three times in game two and scored once.

In addition to breaking the career hits record, playing in game two of the twinbill was Feeley's 139th game played in the Blue and White, setting a new program record for career games played.

In game two, senior right-hander Kevin McHugh (Forest Hill, Md./McDonogh School) earned a no decision as the starter after tossing 4.0 innings, and allowing one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs) came in next and covered 3.0 innings, giving up two runs on two hits to earn his first win of the season (1-2).

Junior Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) and Cotton finished the game, combining for the final 2.0 innings and allowing no runs on one hit and two walks.

Junior left-hander Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) (3-3) took the loss as the Generals' starting pitcher in game one, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts. The Quakers did most of their damage against senior reliever Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect), who surrendered five runs (four earned) in 0.2 innings.

Junior Ben Greer (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) closed the final 1.2 innings and gave up one run on four hits.

Hill and senior Mitchell Stumpo tallied five hits across both games for the Quakers, as the duo both logged three hits in game one and two in the second game. Garcia also recorded a three-hit game in the opener and stole a base.

Junior pitcher Ty Walser (1-3) took the game two loss, throwing 5.0 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The Quakers then went to four pitchers to cover the final four innings, with each reliever going one inning, as the quartet combined for three earned runs allowed on five hits.

Senior left-hander Rhett Miller (2-2) earned the game one win for the Quakers, working the first 6.2 innings and allowing one run on five hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Stumpo tossed the final 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits to earn his second save of the season.

The Generals will return home for their next game, a 4:00 pm home contest against Bridgewater on Tuesday.

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