GW Baseball Falters Late in 4-3 Loss to Quinnipiac
Kaplow Fans Seven in First Career Home Start
March 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - Freshman Max Kaplow struck out seven batters in eight innings but the visiting team scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning as the George Washington baseball team lost the series finale, 4-3, against Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Kaplow turned in eight strong innings in the first home start of his career. The local product from Falls Church, Va., worked his way out of multiple jams before exiting the game with a 2-1 lead after walking the first two batters in the ninth.
Kaplow stranded a lead-off double in the second inning and got help from freshman catcher Matthieu Robert, who gunned down a steal attempt in the third.
GW (0-9) gave Kaplow an early lead in the bottom half of the third when senior Matthew Murakami, who had led off with a double, was driven in by Robert's base hit.
Kaplow escaped a jam with two runners on in the fifth but ran into trouble in the sixth. He gave up consecutive singles followed by a double to allow the Bobcats to knot the score at 1-1. He escaped the jam by striking out two batters and flipping the ball with his glove to Robert on a comebacker for the play at the plate.
Senior Justin Albright led off the sixth with a double down the right field line and worked his way to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Senior Derek Brown then roped a double down the right field line to give the Colonials a 2-1 lead.
A double play aided Kaplow through a scoreless seventh and he sat the Bobcats down in order in the eighth before walking the first two batters of the ninth inning. After Kaplow's exit, the baserunners would score on a bases-clearing triple by Mike Blumenthal in the top of the ninth inning, giving Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. They added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
In the bottom of the ninth the Colonials opened with a walk by freshman Nolan Lodden and single by Brown to put two runners on with no outs. Lodden advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI groundout from senior Tyler McCarthy to make cut the deficit to 4-3, but its as close as the Colonials would come.
Nicholas Fabrizio earned the win after giving up three runs on seven hits in eight innings. Matthew Sicilano earned the three outs in the ninth for the save.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host UMES at Barcroft Park. GW is 8-2 all time against UMES after last season's 9-6 win in Arlington. The game will be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv.
The Buff and Blue contingent had barely settled into the Tucker Field bleachers before Fordham loaded the bases Thursday against Nathan Woods.
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