Pakan's Home Run Lifts Colonials to Seventh Straight Win
Colonials (7-4) withstand late UMBC rally to win 2010 Barcroft debut
March 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA - The George Washington University baseball team returned to Barcroft Park on Tuesday afternoon about two weeks later than anticipated and beat the UMBC Retrievers 9-7 to win their seventh straight. The score was tied 7-7 late when freshman Paul Pakan hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Colonials the win.
Pakan went 3-5 for the game with the home run and two doubles and drove in a pair. Senior Chris Holland continued to swing a hot bat as he went 2-3 with two walks and scored three of the Colonial runs. Senior Curtis Eward pushed his team-high batting average to .500 as he went 3-4 and drove in a pair of runs.
Freshman Jeff Griffith made his second start of the season and went six innings and allowed just two hits. The Glen Allen, VA native struck out four and allowed just one earned run. Sophomore Marshall Seedorff pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his first win on the season. He didn't allow an earned run and allowed just two hits and struck out a batter.
The Colonials never trailed the entire contest and led 5-2 after seven innings. That was the point where the scoring picked up though as the Retrievers scored two seventh inning runs to cut the lead to 5-4. George Washington immediately answered back with two runs of their own to make it 7-4 before UMBC responded with three more runs in the eighth inning to tie the score. This set up Pakan's game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pakan's home run was well over the wall in left center and it was his first home run of his Colonial career.
The current seven-game winning streak is the longest since the 2005 when the Colonials also ran off seven wins during conference play.
The Colonials will now continue a busy week of games beginning with a game Wednesday against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The team will wrap up the week with a three-game weekend series against Cleveland State.
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