GW Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Cornell on Saturday
Colonials' Rally Falls Short in 5-3 Loss in Nightcap
March 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington baseball team rallied to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not complete the comeback and was subsequently swept by Cornell in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at John Talbot Field on the campus of Catholic University.
In the first game, GW (2-10) starter Aaron Weisberg was the hard-luck loser after allowing just one earned run in four innings of work. However, a trio of Colonials' errors allowed five unearned runs to cross the plate to put the team in a 5-2 hole after four innings.
Cornell (6-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first but the Colonials responded with two runs in the bottom half of the second. Senior Brett Bowers delivered a RBI single and junior Kyle Gelling added a sacrifice fly to tie the game, but the Big Red reassumed the lead in the fourth.
Following Weisberg's exit, junior Justin Albright and senior Luke Mirabella combined to pitch five innings of relief with Albright yielding just one run. However the damage had been done and Cornell's Kellen Urbon pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save and clinch the 6-3 win.
In the nightcap, the Colonials fell behind 5-0 after a four-run fourth inning for Cornell but were able to mount a rally and bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Mirabella escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh to allow GW to pull closer in the bottom half. Three consecutive singles by senior Matt Murakami, junior Derek Brown and Bowers loaded the bases with one out. Junior Ryan Hickey than hit into a sequence that involved an error that resulted in two runs scoring to cut the deficit to 5-3. However, sophomore Owen Beightol fouled out to end the game.
Mirabella appeared in both games for a total of 3.2 innings pitched. He allowed just four hits and no runs on the afternoon.
The Colonials and Big Red will meet again on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The games will be played at John Talbot Field at Catholic University.