GW Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader
Williams Dominates Game 2, Pitches 10 Shutout Innings to Earn Win
March 1, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Lafayette at Barcroft Park, falling 4-2 in Game 1 before earning a 1-0 walk-off victory in the nightcap.
GW (2-5) earned its second victory of the season in Game 2, rallying behind the arm of sophomore Jacob Williams who pitched a stellar 10.0 innings of shutout baseball. Williams was on point for the Colonials, scattering six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 127 total pitches with 88 going for strikes.
Both teams had a number of chances throughout the contest, but the game remained scoreless into the extra frame. Lafayette put the go-ahead run on third base on two occasions, including the top of the ninth inning, but was turned away each time by Williams' crafty pitching. In the ninth, runners were on second and third with two outs, but Williams induced a foul out to the catcher to escape the jam.
Freshman Bobby Campbell singled in the bottom of the ninth, but the Colonials were turned away and the game moved into the 10th.
In the top of the 10th, Williams struck out the first batter and got a fly out for the second out. He then surrendered a double to the gap in right center field to Nick Murray, but kept the game tied by earning the final out via a foul out to first base.
Freshman Andrew Selby started the game-winning sequence in the bottom of the 10th by reaching on an error. The next batter, junior Ryan Xepoleas, laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt and reached safely when Lafayette catcher Parker Hills elected to try for the runner at second, overthrowing his target and putting runners on the corners with no outs. An intentional walk to freshman Joey Bartosic loaded the bases.
Freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly then came to the plate and hit a groundball to first base where Lafayette's Tim Lazor fielded the ball and tried to get the force out at home, but committed a throwing error which allowed Selby to score the game-winning run.
In the first game, sophomore Matthieu Robert collected three hits and Xepoleas added two, but the Colonials fell, 4-2, as the Leopards rallied late for the victory.
Senior Aaron Weisberg was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) in 7.1 innings of work with five walks and three strikeouts.
Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Alex Woinski, but the Colonials responded immediately in the bottom half of inning.
Gibbons-Fly worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an infield single by senior Owen Beightol. After a fielder's choice resulted in the first out, Campbell delivered an RBI single on a base hit through the left side of the infield. Robert followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Colonials a 2-1 lead.
Lafayette tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on a fielder's choice, which scored Brett Thompson who had reached on an error with one out.
The Leopards scored the deciding runs in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI double from Parker Hills and an RBI triple by Thompson to pull ahead 4-2.
Robert and Campbell each recorded three hits to lead the Colonials offense through the doubleheader while Campbell, Beightol and Bartosic both tallied two hits.
The Colonials and Leopards will play the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.