GW Baseball Rallies for 3-2 Win Over UMES in Season Opener
Freshman Selby Drives in Game Winner in Bottom of Ninth
Feb. 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring one run in each of the last three innings in a walk-off 3-2 win over UMES in its season opener on Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Senior Aaron Weisberg got the start for the Colonials and pitched seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
UMES (0-1) scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Justin Dattilo and a run-scoring double by Jeffrey Fleetwood.
The Colonials responded by putting runners in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings but were unable to get on the board.
Weisberg was on point after allowing the runs in the fourth, giving up just one hit over the next three innings.
The Colonials found the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single by freshman right fielder Andrew Selby, who drove in classmate Cody Bryant with a base hit through the right side of the infield to make the score 2-1.
Weisberg gave way to classmate Colin Milon in the top of the eighth, and Milon pitched a scoreless frame to keep the deficit at one run.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, junior Xavier Parkmond and sophomore Matthieu Robert drew consecutive walks to open the inning and each moved up a bag via a sacrifice bunt by senior Owen Beightol. Freshman Bobby Campbell then came to the plate and tied the score on a sacrifice fly to deep center field to make the score 2-2.
Freshman Eddie Muhl took the mound in the ninth inning and recorded three consecutive groundouts following a leadoff walk to send the game to the ninth with a tie score.
Bryant led off the ninth with a single and then was lifted for pinch runner Joey Bartosic, who promptly stole second base. Robert then came to the plate and laid down a sacrifice bunt, but was safe via a fielder's choice when the UMES first basemen elected to try to get Bartosic out at third. Bartosic, however, slid in safely to put the winning run 90 feet away.
Selby then came to the plate and lined the first pitch he saw through the right side of the infield to clinch the comeback victory.
Muhl earned his first career win with his scoreless ninth inning of work while Selby finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Bryant collected a pair of hits in his collegiate debut, as well.
As a team the Colonials drew seven walks without a strikeout.
GW travels south this weekend for a three-game series at Southeastern Louisiana. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Alumni Field.
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