LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team used strong pitching and timely hitting to win two games over St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Junior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) threw 6.0 innings of shutout baseball in the opening contest to lead the Generals (2-0) to a 3-0 win, and then junior catcher Riley Stout (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of game two, giving the Blue and White a 3-2 victory.
Concklin (1-0) struck out four batters in his six innings, while only allowing three hits. He also did not walk a batter. Sophomore Tyler Murphy (Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing four hits to register his first collegiate save.
The Generals scored their first two runs in the bottom of the first. With two on and two out, senior center fielder Luke Myer (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) doubled off the wall in left to plate sophomore designated hitter Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and first-year second baseman Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School).
W&L notched a third run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI groundout by sophomore outfielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy). Junior Ben Goldsmith (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) suffered the loss for the Seahawks (0-2). He tossed 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk.
The second game was scheduled for seven innings, and St. Mary's (Md.) plated two unearned runs in the top of the second inning to grab the early lead. The Generals tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.
With one out, sophomore shortstop Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) singled up the middle. Feeley followed with a sharp single that bounced by the second baseman to move Crane to third. Sophomore outfielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) then hit a sacrifice fly to center to cut the advantage to 2-1. Feeley advanced to second on a wild pitch, and Stout lined a single to center to bring Feeley home and tie the game, 2-2.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning to force the game to an extra inning. In the bottom of the eighth, junior first baseman Jonny Swenson (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) led off with a walk. Following a strikeout, Feeley and Ruedisili each singled to left to load the bases. With a full count, Stout watched a pitch sail wide of the strike zone to register the game-winning walk and force home Swenson.
The Generals' pitching staff gave up just one hit in the contest and recorded 11 strikeouts. First-year Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn the victory. He did not allow a hit, while striking out four.
Junior Nicholas Raimondo (Davidsonville, Md./South River) suffered the loss for the Seahawks. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.
Over the course of the doubleheader, Feeley went 3-for-8 with two runs and a steal. Myer and Stout each had two RBI, and junior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) was 3-for-4 with a double.
The victories marked the first two under first-year head coach Lucas Jones. The Generals finish their three-game set with St. Mary's (Md.) on Sunday. The game has been pushed back two hours, with the official start time at 1:00 pm.
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