GW Baseball Falls to Lafayette in Series Finale, 3-2
Xepoleas Records Three Hits and Kaplow Strong in Relief
March 2, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior Ryan Xepoleas tallied three hits while freshmen Kevin Mahala and Bobby Campbell added two each, but a late rally fell short as the George Washington baseball team fell in the series finale to Lafayette, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Lafayette (2-4) scored all three of its runs in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Andrew Landolfi and a two-run single by Tyler Hudson, but the Colonials responded in the bottom half of the frame.
Mahala led off with a single and advance two bases on an error by the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt. He then scored on Campbell's RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 3-1.
GW (2-6) starter Luke Staub was lifted after three innings of work and replaced by sophomore Max Kaplow, who threw five innings of one-hit relief with three walks and three strikeouts, keeping the score 3-1.
In the eighth inning, Xepoleas led off with a single to center field, stole second base and scored on a RBI single by freshman Joey Bartosic to make the score 3-2.
The Colonials threatened in the ninth inning, getting two runners on base with no outs but Lafayette's Connor McMahon escaped the jam and earned the save to end the game.
Staub took the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout in three innings. Lafayette's Toby Schwartz picked up the win after allowing one run on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts in seven innings.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a road trip to Charlottesville, Va., to face No. 1 Virginia. First pitch from Davenport Field is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.