WINCHESTER, Va. – Five runs in the top of the eighth inning came up short in the end, as the Washington and Lee baseball team dropped a 13-9 decision at Shenandoah on Tuesday evening.
Trailing by a 12-4 score heading to the eighth inning, the W&L (14-18, 8-12 ODAC) bats came alive for five runs on four hits to cut the deficit to 12-9. First-year designated hitter Jackson Gazin (Reisterstown, Md./Boys' Latin School of Md.) brought the first run of the inning home on a sacrifice fly to left, followed by an RBI double from senior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) two batters later.
Sophomore third baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) highlighted the frame with a two-run double to left center with two outs, before senior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap the inning.
The Hornets (21-11, 11-9 ODAC) tacked on their final run in the bottom of the eighth when senior shortstop Robert Marcelle walked with the bases loaded, before Shenandoah got a double play and a line out in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The Generals put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning, courtesy of an RBI double from Volpicelli and a run-scoring single from junior catcher Bryce Burnette (Hurt, Va./Gretna).
Shenandoah then answered with three runs in both the second and third innings to grab a 6-2 lead. Sophomore catcher Matt Moon notched RBI singles in both innings to lead the charge, with sophomore center fielder Henry Delavergne adding an RBI double in the second, while a fielder's choice and two errors brought home three runs.
Two more runs came home for the Hornets in the bottom of the fifth, when first-year third baseman Frankie Ritter tripled home a run and proceeded to score on a wild pitch. W&L got both runs back in the top of the sixth on back-to-back sac flies from sophomore center fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) and Gazin, before Shenandoah struck for four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Three of the four runs in the inning scored on a bases-loaded double from senior second baseman Tristan Baker, as the Hornets moved ahead, 12-4.
Junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Generals, with a walk and a run scored, while Volpicelli notched a 2-for-5, three-RBI, two-run effort. Burnette and Loewenberg both hit 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run in the game, and Feeley added a hit in four at-bats, scored twice, drove in one run and walked once.
With his free pass in the second inning, Feeley tied Will Salley '13 for the most career walks in W&L baseball history (70).
Sophomore right-hander Mason Shuffler (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) and pitching into the second inning. Senior reliever Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) entered after Shuffler and pitched out of a first and second, no-out jam without allowing a run, before surrendering three unearned runs in the third.
Senior Jack Boyce (Armonk, N.Y./Iona Prep) and junior Chris Cotton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School) followed with one inning and one run allowed each, before junior Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) was tagged for four runs in the sixth. Junior Ben Greer (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) and senior closer Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) combined to record the final six outs, allowing one run on one hit.
For the Hornets, Moon and Delavergne both went 2-for-3 with two RBI, as Moon scored three times and Delavergne scored twice. Baker finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and three walks, while Ritter tallied a 2-for-5 game with an RBI and two runs scored.
First-year Carson Kulina (4-0) earned the win after allowing four runs on four hits, with two walks and five strikeouts, in six innings of work. Senior Michael Robst followed with a scoreless seventh inning, before the Generals got to sophomore Cade Templeton for five runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. First-year Aaron Torres came on to pitch 1.1 innings to close the game, allowing no runs on one hit to notch his first career save.
The Generals will close out the 2019 regular season with a doubleheader at No. 20 Randolph-Macon on Saturday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 12:00 pm.
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