GW Baseball Falls to Davidson in Season Debut, 7-5
Feb. 15, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Junior Luke Staub turned in an impressive start on the mound, but a seventh-inning grand slam by Davidson center fielder Forrest Brandt spoiled head coach Gregg Ritchie's debut, as the host Wildcats defeated the George Washington baseball team, 7-5, at Wilson Field.
Making his first start for the Colonials, Staub allowed just one unearned run on six hits and a walk while striking out five in 5.2 innings of work. He gave up the lone run in the first inning on a hit batter, an error and a sacrifice fly, but blanked Davidson (1-0) over his final five innings despite allowing at least one base runner each inning.
GW (0-1) quickly tied the game in the top of the second, manufacturing a run after senior Derek Brown was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Brown stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball by freshman Eric Kalman and came around to score on sophomore Xavier Parkmond's RBI groundout.
From there, Staub and Davidson starter Clark Beeker were locked in a pitchers' duel until GW broke the tie in the seventh. Kalman and Parkmond led off with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. Parkmond then stole second, and the throw hit him and skipped into center field, allowing Kalman to score the go-ahead run. Beeker got one more out before he was lifted in favor of reliever Bryan DaCanal, who promptly allowed a sacrifice fly to junior Brookes Townsend to put GW ahead 3-1.
But the Wildcats struck back in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases off GW relievers Colin Milon and Kenny O'Brien to bring up Brandt, who up to that point was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and had grounded into a double play. Brandt, however, crushed a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence to give Davidson a 5-3 lead.
The Wildcats got two more in the eighth, again loading the bases for Brandt, who singled to center to drive in two and make it a 7-3 game.
With GW down to its final three outs, Parkmond led off the top of the ninth with a single to left and senior Tyler McCarthy homered to left to slice the deficit in half, but the Colonials could get no closer as Matt Saeta retired the final three batters in order to earn the save for Davidson.
O'Brien (0-1) suffered the loss for GW. He was charged with two runs on three hits without recording an out. DaCanal (1-0) picked up the win for Davidson after allowing just one walk in two-thirds of an inning of work. Beeker gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits over the first 6.1 innings.
Parkmond and McCarthy were each 2-for-4 to lead the Colonials offensively. Parkmond scored twice, while McCarthy had two RBIs. Senior Ryan Hickey was also on base twice and had two of GW's four steals in the game.
Brandt went 2-for-5 with six RBIs to lead the Wildcats, while third baseman Andrew Barna and designated hitter Lee Miller had three hits apiece. In addition, second baseman Jack McLindon went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and robbed the Colonials of a couple hits with diving catches on line drives.
GW and Davidson meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wilson Field for the second game of the season-opening three-game series.