Diven Lifts W&L Baseball Past SVU, 8-7

Diven Lifts W&L Baseball Past SVU, 8-7

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee baseball team scored four runs in its final two innings at bat en route to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Southern Virginia on Tuesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field.

The Generals (7-7) entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing, 6-4. With one out and no one on base, sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) laced a ball inside the first base bag and into the right field corner for a triple. Then on a 1-0 count, senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) smashed a line drive over the wall in left for a two-run homer to tie the game (6-6). It marked the first home run of the season for Diven.

The Knights (6-6) then loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth. Junior pitcher Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) registered the first out of the frame by forcing a pop up to the first baseman. Then on a 1-0 count, senior designated hitter Ryan Saunders hit a bouncing a ball up the middle.

First-year second baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) snagged the ball with his glove and in one motion flipped it to junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) at second. Feeley then fired the ball to first for the third out, which allowed W&L to escape the inning without allowing a run.

Volpicelli started the bottom of the eighth with a single through the left side, and then junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) launched a towering double to right to put runners on second and third with no outs. Following an intentional walk to Feeley to load the bases, Monson was called out on strikes for the first out.

Diven then hit a slow grounder to the right side of the infield. SVU only had a play at first, so Volpicelli came home on the ground out to give the Blue and White a 7-6 advantage. First-year right fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) followed with a high chopper to short, which he beat out for an RBI infield single to extend the lead to 8-6.

The Knights loaded the bases again in the ninth with one out. Devereux walked the next batter to force in a run and bring the score to 8-7. On the first pitch of the next at bat, first-year center fielder Canon Anderson hit a looping line drive over Devereux's head. Feeley corralled the ball on the first hop, tagged second for the force and then delivered a strike to first for the game's final out and give W&L the victory.

Diven finished the game 1-for-5, but he had three RBI, the home run and one run scored. Feeley went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Whitely was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Loewenberg was 2-for-5 with two RBI, two doubles and two runs.

Devereux earned the victory for the Generals, throwing 2.0 innings. He allowed one run on three hits to improve to 1-1. First-year Stetson Kay suffered the loss for SVU to fall to 0-1. He gave up two runs on three hits in 1.0 inning pitched.

The Blue and White used 10 pitchers in the game with no General throwing more than 2.0 innings. Each team registered 15 hits in the contest.

The Generals open ODAC play on Saturday, when they play a doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney starting at 12:00 pm.

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