Generals fall to Emory, 11-4, to open three-game set

Matt Whitely

ATLANTA – The Washington and Lee baseball team fell to Emory by a score of 11-4 on Thursday afternoon.

Senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) led the game off by reaching on an error and moved up to second when senior left fielder Matt Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) followed with a walk. Two batters later, senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore Md./Friends School of Baltimore) singled to left to bring home Feeley and give the Generals (5-2) an early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles (3-1) responded in the bottom of the third, beginning with a double to left center by sophomore center fielder Michael Edelman. After a sacrifice bunt moved Edelman to third, junior designated hitter Richard Brereton hit a sac fly to right to bring Edelman in to score.

W&L regained the lead in the next half inning when sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) hit a sac fly to center with the bases loaded and one out, allowing first-year designated hitter Luke Czepiel (Devon, Pa./Conestoga), who singled with one out, to score from third.

Emory junior catcher Jacob Greene led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left center. He then stole third and was able to score on a throwing error on the play, tying the game, 2-2. Three batters later, with runners on first and second and no outs, Edelman reached on a single to sophomore reliever Nate Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./North Springs), but junior third baseman Christopher Stern was able to score from second on the play after a throwing error from Cohen.

Edelman proceeded to steal second, putting two runners in scoring position for the Eagles, before senior right fielder Jackson Grayson drove in a run on a ground out to short, putting Emory up, 4-2.

The Generals got one run back in the top of the fifth, courtesy of a solo home run from sophomore third baseman Jason Volpicelli. But the Eagles followed with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a sac fly from Stern, an RBI single by junior shortstop Ryan Adelman and a run-scoring triple off the bat of Edelman.

The Eagles expanded their lead with another run in the sixth and three in the seventh, before the final W&L run came across home plate in the top of the eighth on a Whitely double down the left-field line following a lead-off Czepiel double to right center.

Czepiel and Whitely led the W&L offense with two hits apiece in eight combined at-bats. Whitely finished 2-for-3, with two RBI, while Czepiel's two hits came in five at-bats, as the first-year scored twice.

Volpicelli's fifth-inning home run was the second of his career, as he went 1-for-5 at the plate.

Edelman led the Emory offense with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, with a double, a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. Greene and Adelman both tallied three hits for the Eagles, with Greene finishing 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Adelman went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored three times.

Junior pitcher Jackson Thigpen (Potomac, Md./St. John's College) started the game and allowed just one run in 3.0 innings, on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. Cohen (0-1) took the loss as the first reliever out of the W&L bullpen, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in one inning. Junior relievers Ben Greer (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) and Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) combined to pitch a scoreless bottom of the eighth.

Brereton (1-0) earned the win after going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. The Eagles brought in first-year Joey Bock and seniors Brian Taggett and Sam Brzowski to pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Each reliever tossed one inning, while the trio combined for one run allowed on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Generals and Eagles will play again on Friday in a 2:00 pm game at Chappell Park.

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