LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) ripped a RBI walk-off single in to center in the bottom of the ninth to give the Washington and Lee baseball team a split of a doubleheader against Guilford on Saturday at Cap'n Dick Smith.
Feeley's heroics came in the first game, as the Generals (10-18, 3-11 ODAC) came from behind to take the opener, 6-5. The Quakers (15-15-1, 6-9 ODAC) held a six-run lead late in game two, and held off a W&L rally to claim the second, 9-8.
The Blue and White trailed, 5-1, entering the bottom of the eighth in the first game. Junior first baseman Zach Loewenberg (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) and Feeley walked to open the frame, and then senior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) singled to center to load the bases.
The rally was stunted on a 4-6-3 double play, but Loewenberg came home on the play to trim the deficit to 5-2. Feeley then scored (5-3) during the next at bat on a wild pitch.
After three quick outs in the top of the ninth, senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) walked to open the Generals' half of the inning. Following a strikeout and a line out, first-year second baseman Jason Volpicelli (Great Falls, Va./Paul VI Catholic) walked to put runners on first and second with two down.
Loewenberg ripped a single to left to bring home Diven (5-4), and senior Rocco Wilcox misplayed the ball allowing Volpicelli to score from first to tie the game, 5-5, and allowed Loewenberg to advance to second. Feeley was next to the plate and slapped a single into center. Loewenberg beat the throw home to give W&L the victory, 6-5.
Junior Andrew Earvolino (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) faced just one batter in the top of the ninth inning, registering a fly out, to earn the victory and improve to 1-1 on the year. Senior Josh Shepherd suffered the loss for Guilford to fall to 0-1. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks.
The Blue and White held a 2-0 lead early in the second contest, but seven runs over the third and fourth innings gave the Quakers a 7-2 lead. W&L got one back in the sixth, but Guilford answered with two in the top of the seventh to extend the advantage to 9-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Generals tallied two runs (9-5) on a RBI single by senior designated hitter Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) and then Smalley came home later in the inning on a wild pitch. First-year left fielder Matt Whitely (Salem, Va./Hidden Valley) brought W&L to within three, 9-6, in the eighth with his first collegiate home run, which he sent over the left center wall.
The lead remained three entering the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Feeley singled through the left side. After a fly out, Crane doubled to left to plate Feeley and cut the lead to 9-7. Sophomore center fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) followed with a RBI single to bring the team to within one (9-8). Senior third baseman Paul Diven (Sparrows Point, Md./Archbishop Spalding) came to the plate as the potential winning run, but he fouled out to left to end the rally and the game.
Junior pitcher Mitchell Stumpo started the game for the Quakers and earned the win to improve to 3-4. He gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks in 8.0 innings. Sophomore Kenneth Hartzfeld (Marietta, Ga./Westminster School) took the loss for W&L to move to 1-1. He allowed four runs on three hits in just a third of an inning.
Over the course of the doubleheader, Whitely went 4-for-8 with two RBI, two runs and a homer. Loewenberg was 3-for-8 with two RBI, three runs and one walk. Feeley finished the day 3-for-9 with two RBI, three runs and a walk.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they play at Ferrum at 6:00 pm.
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