FERRUM, Va. — Ferrum used a seven-run rally in the second inning to defeat the Washington and Lee baseball team on Tuesday, 13-5, at Panther Field.
The Panthers (22-17) scored the seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Trailing 2-0 with runners on second and third and two down, first-year center fielder Grey Sherfey ripped a two-run double to the left field wall, tying the game, 2-2. Senior second baseman Ty Comer then hit a sharp single to second, as Ferrum took a 3-2 lead.
Following a hit batter, sophomore shortstop Jake Martin singled to left to plate Comer (4-2). First-year third baseman Kyle Anstice was up next with an RBI single to right, and first-year catcher Tim Ortega capped the rally (7-2) with a two-run double to center.
The Panthers extended the lead to 8-2 in the fourth, but the Generals (21-10) got two runs back in the sixth. The first came across the plate on a double play, and then senior catcher Cory Paton (Ashton, Md./St. Johns College) doubled in the second run (8-4) on a ball hit to left. The Blue and White added a tally in the seventh to trim the deficit to 8-5.
Ferrum closed out the game with five runs in the eighth on two home runs to reach the final score of 13-5. First-year Drew Calohan (1-2) started for the Panthers and earned the victory. He went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on three hits and four walks.
First-year Jackson Thigpen (Potomac, Md./St. John's College) took the loss for W&L, as he failed to get out of the second inning. He threw 1.2 innings, surrendering six runs on six hits and one walk. He dropped to 0-1 on the season. The Blue and White used six pitchers over the next 6.1 innings. The bullpen allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks.
Despite scoring five runs, the Generals totaled just three hits compared to 16 for Ferrum. Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) had the best day at the plate for W&L. He was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks. Sherfey went 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs, a homer and a double to lead the Panthers.
The Generals return to conference play on Wednesday, when they host Bridgewater at 4:00 pm.
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