GW Baseball Buries Saint Peter's, 11-4
Three Players Record Multiple RBIs in Fourth Win of Season
March 11, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team smacked a season-high 16 hits, including multiple-hit efforts from six players, en route to an 11-4 victory over Saint Peter's on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (4-9) scored a season-high 11 runs on 16 hits and erased an early 4-1 deficit on the strength of a strong bullpen performance.
The Colonials started their everyday shortstop, Kevin Mahala, at pitcher and he allowed three earned runs on six hits in three innings of work with two walks and three strikeouts.
After Mahala yielded a two-run triple in the top of the first inning, senior Owen Beightol got the Colonials on the board with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make the score 2-1.
Saint Peter's (2-9) added its third run in the top of the second on a fielder's choice RBI, taking a 3-1 lead, but Mahala turned away a two-on, one-out threat in the top of the third by registering consecutive strikeouts.
A leadoff double by freshman Eli Kashi was stranded in the bottom half of the third and sophomore Luke Olson came on in relief of Mahala to begin the fourth inning. Olson allowed two runners on base and appeared to have escaped the threat when a GW error allowed an unearned run to score, which extended the Peacocks' lead to 4-1.
Olson was otherwise spotless for the Colonials, going on to earn the win after pitching 4.1 innings of relief. He allowed just one unearned run on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
GW's rally started in the bottom of the fourth inning when a RBI groundout by freshman Bobby Campbell pulled the Colonials within two runs of the lead at 4-2.
Olson threw consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth before the Colonials seized the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Beightol drew a one-out walk and moved up to second on a pinch-hit single by freshman Andrew Selby. Sophomore Matthieu Robert followed by poking a ball through the right side of the infield to score Beightol, making the score 4-3.
Freshman Cody Bryan then came to the plate and roped a single to right field to drive in Selby and tie the game at 4-4 and Kashi followed with a fielder's choice RBI to give the Colonials a 5-4 lead.
Campbell pushed the lead to 6-4 with a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Olson ran into trouble in the eighth inning, loading the bases on two singles and a walk but senior Colin Milon entered in relief and escaped the one-out jam by inducing two weak groundballs.
The Colonials opened the eighth with three consecutive base hits by junior Ryan Xepoleas, Bryant and Kashi and freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly promptly followed by lacing a bases-clearing, three-run double down the left field line to push the score to 9-4. GW added its final two runs of the game later in the inning on a RBI single by Selby and a run-scoring double from Robert.
Milon notched his first save of the season and second of his career by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Xepoleas finished with three hits, including two doubles, to push his batting average to a team-best .347 through 13 games while Campbell (3-for-5, two RBIs), Gibbons-Fly (2-for-4, 3 RBIs), Selby (2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 walk), Robert (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Kashi (2-for-4, 1 RBI) each registered multiple-hit games.
Freshman Joey Bartosic also extended his reached-base streak to eight games in the contest with a walk in the third inning. He finished 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI in the game.
The Colonials open a three-game series with Monmouth on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.