ATLANTA, Ga. — The Washington and Lee baseball team was held to one run on seven hits over two games, as fourth-ranked Emory swept a doubleheader over the Generals on Sunday at Chappell Park.
The Eagles (7-0) used a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to take game one, 2-1, and then Emory's offense exploded for six runs in the fifth inning of game two en route to a 13-0 win.
W&L (2-4) senior Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) dueled with sophomore Billy Dimlow in the first game. Concklin threw 6.0 innings, giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Dimlow pitched 7.0 innings, and allowed one unearned run on one hit and eight strikeouts.
Emory took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and third and no one out, senior right fielder Brian Hernandez roped a RBI single into center to put the first run on the board. Concklin then escaped the jam with no further damage by forcing a fly out and then getting an inning-ending double play.
The Generals tied the game in the sixth. Junior designated hitter Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) walked to open the frame, and sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) reached on an error. Ruedisili then moved to third on a fly out, and scored on a RBI groundout by senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula).
The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth. With sophomore Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) on the mound for W&L, sophomore third baseman Thomas Baumgartner walked to begin the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, a single by sophomore center fielder David Draper put runners on first and third with one out. Junior shortstop Nick Chambers then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, and Baumgartner came home to give the Eagles the 2-1 victory.
Devereux suffered the loss for the Blue and White. He went 2.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits. Senior Kyle Monk improved to 3-0 for Emory. He pitched 2.0 innings, while not allowing a run on two hits.
The Eagles held a 3-0 lead entering the fifth inning of game two, but then plated six batters in the frame to put the game away. With one out, junior first baseman Bubby Terp started the rally with a single up the middle. Following a walk, senior catcher Chris Young singled to right to load the bases. Junior right fielder Danny Kerning brought two runs home with a single to center to bring the score to 5-0.
After another walk loaded the bases for the second time, first-year shortstop Ryan Adelmean hit a bases-clearing double to left center to push the Emory advantage to 8-0. The final run (9-0) of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore second baseman N.J. Kim. The Eagles added four runs over the last four innings to reach the final margin.
First-year Tom Kellogg (San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary's Hall) started for W&L and took the loss to drop to 0-1. He went 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. The Generals used six relievers over the final 5.0 innings, and they combined to give up 11 runs on 10 hits and nine walks.
Senior Luke Emmett (2-0) started for Emory and threw 6.0 innings. He struck out four batters and allowed just three hits.
Junior right fielder Robey Smalley (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy) and junior second baseman Austin Crane (Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) were the only W&L players with multiple hits over the two games. Smalley went 2-for-6 and Crane was 2-for-7.
The Generals next play at Huntingtdon on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
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