W&L shocked by Marymount (Va.), 11-7

Chadwick Feeley

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee baseball team fell, 11-7, to Marymount (Va.) on Thursday, after a nine-run eighth inning completed a seven-run comeback effort from the Saints.

Trailing by a score of 7-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth, the Saints (16-16) put a pair of runs on the board on back-to-back solo home runs from senior left fielder Michael Wade and senior third baseman Austin Sizemore.

Now down five runs going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Marymount struck for nine runs on six hits before recording an out to take an 11-7 lead. Sizemore drove in the first run of the frame on a double to right center, while senior designated hitter Conner Hall, senior center fielder Luke Tyree and first-year right fielder Ryan Lee each drove in two runs on base knocks to put the Saints ahead for good.

The Generals (13-16) jumped on the scoreboard early when senior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) hit a solo home run down the left-field line, the first round-tripper of his career. Junior third baseman Ben Capouya (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) then doubled the lead to two runs with an RBI single to left center in the second inning.

Senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) began the third inning with a double and later scored on a wild pitch to put W&L up 3-0. The Generals then got three straight doubles from junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland), sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) and senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) to add another two runs to their tally.

In the fourth inning, Feeley made history for the Generals when he hit his second home run of the season to left field, a two-run shot to give W&L a 7-0 lead. With the home run, Feeley became the first player in program history to reach the 200-hit mark in a career and is now one of 32 active players in Division III to reach that milestone.

Feeley and Monson both finished 2-for-5 in the game, with Feeley driving in two runs and scoring twice. Six other Generals recorded a hit in the game, with Jones, Whitely and Loewenberg all scoring once and driving in one run.

Sophomore pitcher Mason Shuffler (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) started the game on the mound and tossed four shutout innings, allowing four hits with a walk and three strikeouts, to get a no decision.

Junior reliever Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) worked the next three innings, allowing five runs on three hits, before junior Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) (1-2) and sophomore Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs) combined to allow five runs in the eighth. Senior righty Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) recorded all three outs in the eighth inning after allowing one hit.

Hall led the Saints' offense with three hits on the day and was one of four Saints with two RBI in the game. Sizemore and Lee also drove in two runs on two hits, while Wade went 1-for-5 with two runs scored.

Junior pitcher Will DiGiulian got a no decision as the Marymount starter, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits over three innings. First-year Bryce Smith then allowed two runs on one hit in one inning of work, before senior Ryan Scheufele, sophomores Drew Mead and Ryan Bergenhagen (6-2) and Hall combined to allow no runs over the final five innings. The quartet surrendered just two hits and struck out four, with Bergenhagen earning the win.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Emory & Henry for an ODAC doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.

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