Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Auburn
Colonials take game two, 9-5; series finale set for Sunday
AUBURN, Ala. -- The GW baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader with the Auburn Tigers by taking a 9-5 victory in game two after falling 2-0 to start the day. The Colonials will look for a series split in the finale Sunday at 1pm ET.
Game 2: GW 9, Auburn 5
Trailing 5-4 heading into the ninth inning, GW struck for five run runs on six hits to come away with the victory. After a bases loaded wild pitch evened the score at 5-5, left fielder Mark Osis ripped a two-run double to right field that proved to be the game-winning knock.
First baseman Bobby Campbell followed with a run-scoring single and second baseman Robbie Metz found the gap in left center field for a RBI double that concluded the scoring and gave the Colonials plenty of breathing room. Right-hander Eddie Muhl, who recorded the last out in the eighth, stayed on to work the home half of the ninth and after a leadoff walk, retired the side to pick up the victory.
Campbell and center fielder Joey Bartosic led a breakout performance at the plate with three hit days and each of the first five hitters in the Colonials lineup had multiple hits as GW totaled 14 in the game. Osis, Metz and shortstop Nate Fassnacht all had two-hit games, with Osis, Campbell and Metz each driving in a pair of runs.
The Colonials got hot at the plate from the onset, putting together a two-out rally in the first on four consecutive base hits, including RBI singles from Metz and designated hitter Cody Bryant.
Auburn responded with a couple of runs in the third to tie it up, and then took a 4-3 lead heading to the sixth. GW tied it in the seventh on Fassnacht's RBI single, only to see Auburn again edge ahead with a single run in the eighth, to set up the dramatic GW comeback in the ninth.
Game 1: Auburn 2, GW 0
GW pitchers Brady Renner and Andrew Wheeler combined to limit Auburn's bats to just one earned run on six hits, but were outdueld by the Tigers duo of Casey Mize and Cole Lipscomb who surrendered just two hits in a shutout victory.
Renner was brilliant early on, retiring the first eight batters he faced before giving up a two-out double in the third, but responded by setting down the next four in a row.
Auburn scored the only runs of the game in the fifth. Jonah Todd singled to start the frame, and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before Renner recorded his third strikeout of the game. Blake Logan, though, drove in the game's first run with a single up the middle, and after a GW fielding effort another RBI single from Luke Jarvis made it 2-0.
GW turned to Wheeler in the sixth, and the freshman right-handed kept the Colonials within striking distance throughout his three innings of work by allowing just two hits and striking out two.
Lipscomb, though, was just as good, also coming on in the sixth and getting the save by facing just one over the minimum on a walk while striking out four in four innings of work.
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