GW Baseball Falls to Stetson, 19-7, on Opening Day
Oswald, Murakami Produce In Season Debut
Feb. 17, 2012
DeLAND, Fla. - The George Washington baseball team took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but could not contain Stetson University, falling 19-7 on opening day Friday evening at Melching Field.
Senior Stephen Oswald gave GW (0-1) a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after he tripled in senior Ollie Mittag who had reached base on a fielder's choice. Senior Matt Murakami followed with a RBI groundout to give the Colonials a 2-0 lead.
Stetson (1-0) responded with five runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Colonial starter J.T. Wauford. The Hatters pushed the lead to 9-2 after tacking on four runs in the third off of Craig Lejeune.
Oswald led off the fourth with an infield single and later scored after sophomore Owen Beightol singled through the left side of the infield. The Hatters countered in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single by Kyle Zech.
The Colonials mounted a rally by manufacturing runs in the top of the seventh inning. Junior Ryan Hickey led off with a single and later stole second base. Junior Kyle Gelling entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a walk. A wild pitch advanced the runners and the bases were loaded after sophomore Brookes Townsend was hit by a pitch.
Oswald then drew a walk to drive in a run and Murakami followed with a two-run single to right field to cut the deficit to 11-7.
The Hatters responded once again with six runs in the bottom half of the seventh to take a commanding 17-7 lead. Stetson added two runs in the eighth to clinch the 19-7 victory.
Oswald and Murakami combined to drive in five runs. Junior Derek Brown collected two hits in his GW debut.
Junior southpaw Brian Derner will get the start tomorrow afternoon against Stetson's Lindsey Caughel. First pitch on Saturday is at 2 p.m