GW Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Cornell

Senior Colin Milon earned the win in GW's 4-3 victory over Cornell on Saturday.

March 8, 2014

GW 4, Cornell 3 (9)
Cornell 6, GW 2

ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader against Cornell at Barcroft Park, winning game one in extra innings, 4-3, before falling in the nightcap, 6-2.

Senior Owen Beightol finished with two hits and three RBI across the two games while sophomore Matthieu Robert, junior Ryan Xepoleas and freshman Joey Bartosic each added two hits apiece.

GW (3-7) picked up its third victory of 2014 by outlasting Cornell (3-2) in extra innings in game one, the third time this season the Colonials have won in walkoff fashion.

Cornell built a 2-0 lead by scoring single runs in the opening two innings but the Colonials were able to cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Xepoleas led off the inning by driving a triple to deep right center field and then would score on a RBI groundout from freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly.

The Big Red pulled ahead by a score of 3-1 after a RBI single in the top of the fifth but the Colonials rallied to tie the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning. After a two-out infield single by Bartosic, Gibbons-Fly came to the plate and reached second base on an error which put runners on second and third. Beightol then came through with a two-run single up the middle to knot the score at 3-3.

Freshman Andrew Piccin and senior Colin Milon combined to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, with Milon remaining in the game and not allowing a hit in either the eighth or ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, freshman Bobby Campbell led off by being hit by a pitch. After a pop out, a infield single by freshman Cody Bryant and another hit batsman loaded the bases with one out. Xepoleas then worked a four-pitch walk to bring the winning run across and give the Colonials the 4-3 victory.



Milon earned the first victory of his career with 2.1 innings of hitless relief. Milon entered the season ranked 14th in program history with 60 career appearances.

The Colonials took an early 1-0 lead in game two after Xepoleas led off in the bottom of the first with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Beigthol.

Cornell responded with a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead, scoring on a RBI double by Ryan Karl and a RBI groundout from Spencer Scouza. The Big Red pushed a third run across in the fifth when JD Whetsel stole home after being hit by a pitch, stealing second and advancing to third on an error, extending the lead to 3-1.

The Colonials scored on a wild pitch in the fifth but the Big Red answered with a RBI double from Karl in the sixth and two runs in the seventh inning, holding on for the 6-2 victory.

GW and Cornell will conclude the series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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