GW Baseball Splits Sunday's Doubleheader vs. Cornell
March 11, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington baseball team concluded its series with Cornell by splitting Sunday's doubleheader at John Talbot Field on the campus of Catholic University.
The Colonials took the first game, 4-3, before falling, 12-3, in the nightcap.
GW (3-11) fell behind in the first game, 2-0, before rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Matt Murakami led off the frame with a double to left field and advanced to third on a groundout. Senior Brett Bowers, who finished the first game 4-for-4 from the plate, singled up the middle to score Murakami to get the Colonials on the board.
After Bowers stole second, sophomore Brookes Townsend ripped a RBI single down the left field line to score Bowers and knot the score at two.
The Colonials added crucial insurance runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, senior Stephen Oswald led off with a double to left center and later scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Derek Brown. In the eighth, junior Ryan Hickey stole third base and advanced home on a throwing error by Cornell's catcher to push the lead to 4-2.
Junior Kenny O'Brien, who entered the game in relief at the start of the fifth inning, allowed just one earned run in the ninth inning while fanning seven batters on the way to his first victory of the season. Junior Tyler McCarthy started the game and allowed two earned runs with one strikeout in four innings of work.
Juniors Kyle Gelling and Derek Brown joined Bowers with multiple hits in the first game as the duo collected two apiece.
Cornell (6-1) opened a 7-0 lead in the second game before holding off the Colonials for a 12-3 victory.
GW was able to push three runs across in the fourth to cut the deficit to three but Cornell responded with four runs in the final three innings to clinch the victory.
The Colonials' abbreviated rally in the fourth inning began with consecutive infield singles by Oswald and classmate Matt Murakami. Brown followed with a two-run single and Bowers added a RBI groundout but it was as close as the Colonials would come.
Brown concluded the doubleheader 3-for-6 from the plate with two RBIs while Bowers finished 4-for-7 with two RBIs.
The Colonials return to action with a visit to Towson on Wednesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.