LEXINGTON, Va. — First-year pitcher Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) registered two saves to set a new W&L single-season saves record, as he led the Washington and Lee baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Guilford on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
Paced by junior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), the Generals (19-9, 7-4 ODAC) shut out the Quakers (12-14, 2-8 ODAC) in game one, 2-0, and then the Blue and White grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second contest and held on for a 4-3 victory.
Devereux came on with a 1-0 advantage in the top of eighth in the first game. He did not allow a hit over the final two innings, but did walk the first two batters in the ninth. The runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt, but Devereux struck out the final two hitters to tally his sixth save of the year.
Concklin pitched 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball in the opener. He allowed just three hits, while striking out six to improve to 5-0. W&L scored its first run in the fourth on a RBI single by first-year second baseman Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School). Feeley added an insurance run in the eighth on another one-run single.
Senior pitcher Parks Smithey (Wilkesboro, N.C./Wilkes Central) suffered the loss for Guilford. He gave up two runs on three hits and six walks in 7.2 innings.
In the second contest, Devereux came into the game with a 1-0 lead and a runner on second with two outs in the eighth. Devereux forced senior third baseman Jacob Roberts (Warsaw, Va./Rappahannock) to ground out to end the inning.
The Generals scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the lead to 4-0. Feeley registered a RBI fielder's choice, and then sophomore shortstop Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) hit a two-run single through the left side to make the margin 4-0.
With two outs in the ninth and a runner on first, the Quakers notched four straight hits to close the gap to 4-3, but with runners on first and second, Devereux struck out pinch hitter Nathan Fulbright (Salisbury, N.C./East Rowan) to end the game.
It marked the seventh save of the season for Devereux, which set the single-season record. Matt Reedy '96 held the previous mark with six set during the 1996 season. Devereux is also tied for third on the W&L career saves list with Reedy who finished his career with seven. Cory Smith '15 holds the all-time record with 10.
Sophomore David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) earned the victory in the second contest to improve to 2-1. He pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. Junior Eric Yost (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) took the loss to fall to 1-1. He allowed one run on seven hits in 7.0 innings.
The Generals next play on Wednesday at Bridgewater at 4:00 pm.
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