W&L and Emory battle to doubleheader split

Carson McKoon

ATLANTA – The Washington and Lee baseball team claimed a 4-3 game one win over Emory, before the Eagles won game two of the doubleheader, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon to edge the Generals, 2-1, in the three-game series.

The win in game one marked the Generals' first win over Emory since a 6-4 decision favored the Blue and White on February 19, 2013. The doubleheader split leaves the Generals' overall record at 6-3, while the Eagles go to 4-2 on the season.

With W&L out in front, 4-1, going to the bottom of the seventh in game one, Emory began its bid for a comeback win with one run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single up the middle from sophomore right fielder Michael Edelman. The Eagles failed to score the rest of the seventh and in the eighth but put together a rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Two of the first three batters reached in the final frame, on a walk to junior catcher Jacob Greene and a double from junior center fielder Richard Brereton, to give the Eagles two runners in scoring position and just one out. W&L senior closer Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) then got Emory senior catcher Eric Terry to ground out, allowing Greene to score from third, before he struck Edelman out looking to end the game.

Tied, 1-1 through five innings, W&L's rallied with two outs in the top of the sixth to regain a lead. Junior designated hitter Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna) reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch with sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) at bat. Whitely then singled through the right side to bring home Burnette, before a bunt single from first-year second baseman Jackson Gazin (Reisterstown, Md./Boy's Latin) put runners on first and second.

Senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) and senior left fielder Matthew Jones (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Generals a 4-1 lead through five and half innings of play.

The Generals (6-2) began game one with a two-out rally in the top of the first to plate the first run of the contest. Sophomore third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./ Paul VI Catholic) doubled to left, but remained at second when senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) singled to third. First-year catcher Luke Czepiel (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) then singled to right center to bring Volpicelli around to score.

The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the second after two one-out errors from the Generals allowed Greene to score.

Game two saw no score until the bottom of the third inning when the Eagles loaded the bases with nobody out. First-year third baseman Zeke Diamond fouled out to right, but junior shortstop Ryan Adelman, who led off the inning with a walk, scored from third, with each runner moving up a base. Brereton then grounded out to short, allowing senior right fielder Jackson Grayson to score the second run.

With runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Adelman hit a sacrifice fly to center, followed by a double to left center off the bat of Grayson to extend the Eagles' lead to 4-0.

The Generals responded in the top of the fifth when each of the first three hitters reached base. Feeley then singled through the left side, allowing Whitely and junior third baseman Ben Capouya (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) to score and cut the Emory lead in half. After a double-steal gave the Generals a pair of runners in scoring position, Jones and Loewenberg each drove in a run with ground outs, as W&L tied the game up at 4-4.

Emory came back in the bottom of the fifth by putting runners on first and third with no outs. Sophomore left fielder Jack Rubenstein singled to left center to put the Eagles back out in front, 5-4, before he was caught in a rundown for the inning's first out. Brereton, who singled in the inning and moved to third on Rubenstein's base hit, was able to score when Terry reached on a bunt single to third.

Now trailing, 6-4, Generals' junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) doubled to start the top of the sixth and moved up to third two batters later on a sac bunt from Whitely. Capouya then grounded out to first, allowing Monson to score to bring W&L back within a run.

Feeley evened the score in the top of the seventh when he led off with a double to left, before two wild pitches allowed him to score the tying run. But the Eagles' offense kept producing with a run in the bottom of the seventh on a ground ball double play, before adding the final run of the game on a Brereton RBI ground out in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win.

Monson and Feeley both went 3-for-9 on the day to lead the W&L offense. Feeley finished with a double, three RBI, two runs scored and stolen base, while Monson scored once. Jones logged two RBI on the day, one in each game.

With his three hits, Feeley moved into fifth place on the W&L career hits list (172), while his nine at-bats put him at 508 for his career, third most in program history.

Junior Carson McKoon (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School) (2-0) took the mound in the game one and earned his second win of the season in three starts, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings of work, while giving up just four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Devereux picked up his second save of the season, 20th of his career, after pitching the final 3.0 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Junior Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) started game two for W&L and allowed four runs in four innings. Senior reliever Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) allowed two runs on four hits in the fifth inning, before junior Kenneth Hartzfeld (Marietta, Ga./Westminster School) (0-1) allowed a run in two innings of work to take the loss. Senior Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) pitched the eighth inning and allowed one run on one hit.

Brereton led the Eagles with a 3-for-9 day at the plate, to go along with two RBI in game two and a run scored. Sophomore second baseman Jacob Singer went 3-for-4 in game one and Rubenstein collected three hits in eight at-bats over the two games.

Sophomore Jack Moore started game one and allowed one run on seven hits, with six strikeouts, over five innings of work. First-year reliever Joey Bock (0-1) took the loss after allowing three unearned runs in the sixth inning on four hits, before first-year reliever Bryant Wise tossed three scoreless innings to close.

Junior James Robertson started game two and allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts over the first five innings. He was relieved by first-year Jack Brodsky (3-0) who earned the win, after allowing just two runs on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts over the final four innings of play.

The Generals will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Ferrum for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm, the first ODAC games of the season for W&L.

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