W&L Baseball Stymies Virginia Wesleyan, 7-2, in ODAC Tournament

W&L Baseball Stymies Virginia Wesleyan, 7-2, in ODAC Tournament

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Junior starting pitcher David Van Geluwe (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) allowed just two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings, as the second-seeded Washington and Lee baseball team defeated fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, 7-2, on day two of the ODAC Tournament on Saturday at City Stadium in Lynchburg.

Van Geluwe kept the VWC (21-19) batters off balance for the duration of his outing. Along with the two runs on three hits, he struck out three in 7.1 innings but did walk four. He forced the Marlins to ground into three double plays to limit any further damage. Van Geluwe improved to 2-1 on the year.

The Generals (27-12) tallied their first two runs in the third. Junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) led off the inning with a chopper down the third-base line that he beat out for a single. Junior center fielder Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) was next to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw into the left-field corner for a double to put runners on second and third.

First-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) followed with an RBI single over the second baseman's glove into right center. Crane crossed the plate on the play (1-0) and Ruedisili moved to third. Sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) brought home (2-0) Ruedisili on a fielder's choice.  

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue and White loaded the bases with no outs. Senior left fielder Matt Wasson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) singled home one run, 3-0, with a ball up the middle, and then following a strikeout, junior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) singled through the left side to score another (4-0).

After a second strikeout, Ruedisili sent a ball between first and second and it deflected off the glove of the diving first baseman, which allowed two runs to cross the plate (6-0). W&L added its final tally in the seventh on a wild pitch.

The Marlins scored their only two runs in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by senior second baseman Corey King and a Generals' wild pitch.

Junior Chance Pauley suffered the loss for VWC to fall to 3-3. He gave up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits, while striking out three.

Feeley ended the day 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Ruedisili was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Feeley now has 60 hits in 165 at bats this season. The 165 at bats sets a new W&L single-season record, breaking the previous mark of 161 set by David Miller '07 in 2005. The 60 hits are the third-most in a single season at W&L. Taylor McConnell '06 holds the record with 67 in 2005.

The 27 wins are tied for the second-most in a single season in program history. The 2005 team went 27-13. The 2003 squad holds the all-time wins record, as it finished with a 28-8 mark.

The Generals are the only unbeaten team left in the double elimination tournament. W&L will face the winner of top-seeded Shenandoah (35-7) and fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan at 6:00 pm on Sunday at City Stadium. The Hornets and the Marlins play at 11:00 am on Sunday.

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