GW Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader With Cornell
March 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team swept a doubleheader against Cornell on Saturday at Barcroft Park for the first wins of the Gregg Ritchie era. The Colonials won the opener 4-3 before posting a 5-3 win in the nightcap.
GW (2-9) limited Cornell (3-3) to a .161 batting average across the two games, with juniors Luke Staub and Aaron Weisberg each picking up wins on the mound. Senior Kenny O'Brien earned the save in each game.
In the first game, Staub pitched four innings, fanning five batters as the Colonials held on for a 4-3 victory.
Cornell, the defending Ivy League champions, took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning before the Colonials posted a four-run bottom half of the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Freshman Mathieu Robert led off with a single and advanced to third on a base hit from senior Ryan Hickey. After Hickey was picked off, senior Justin Albright lined a ball up the middle, driving in Robert for the Colonials' first run, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Junior Brookes Townsend followed by slicing a double to left field, pushing Albright to third. After a walk to junior Owen Beightol to load the bases, the Colonials got consecutive RBI walks from senior Derek Brown and freshman Eric Kalman to take a 3-2 lead. A sacrifice fly by senior Tyler McCarthy made the score 4-2.
Staub yielded a run in the fifth as Cornell pulled to within one run at 4-3, but freshman Luke Olson induced an inning-ending lineout to escape the bases loaded jam.
Senior Kenny O'Brien worked two shutout innings, aided by a diving catch by Beightol in the ninth after a long run in left field, to earn his first save of the season and eighth of his career.
Weisberg was dominant in the early portion of the second game, yielding just one hit over the first five innings. The Colonials' offense staked him a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Beightol led off with a double and was driven home on a RBI single by Brown.
GW continued its hot hitting in the fifth, plating three runs on four hits, using a RBI single from Townsend, RBI double from Brown and a run-scoring groundout from McCarthy to push the lead to 4-0.
Cornell got two runs back in the sixth but Weisberg danced around trouble and stranded a runner. After a 1-2-3 top half of the seventh, Albright extended the lead to 5-2 with a RBI single in the bottom half.
Junior Colin Milon relieved Weisberg and worked a scoreless eighth before yielding a run in the ninth to make the score 5-3. O'Brien took over and struck out the final two batters of the game to earn the save.
Albright and Hickey each finished the day with three hits apiece while Beightol recorded two doubles. Brown drove in three runs across the two games and Albright knocked in two runs.
The Colonials and Big Red will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with another doubleheader. First pitch in the first game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv.