GW Baseball Rallies to Beat Towson, 8-4
Colonials Erupt for 14 Hits; Wauford & Milon Limit Towson to Six Hits
March 14, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - The George Washington baseball team rallied from a one-run deficit by pushing five runs across the plate in the final three innings to defeat Towson, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Schuerholz Park.
Each player in the starting lineup contributed a hit as GW (4-11) matched its season high with 14 base hits. Seniors Brett Bowers, Matt Murakami and Stephen Oswald along with junior Ryan Hickey led the way with two hits apiece.
The Colonials fell behind 1-0 in the second inning but responded by taking the lead in the top of the third. Junior Tyler McCarthy singled up the middle with one out and then scored on a RBI double by junior Justin Albright. Albright advanced to third on a groundout and later scored on an infield bunt single by Murakami to give the Colonials a 2-1 lead.
Towson (6-9) responded to tie the score in the bottom half of the third after a RBI groundout from catcher Zach Fisher.
GW regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Junior Derek Brown and Bowers led off the inning with consecutive base hits and Brown later scored on a RBI groundout from sophomore Owen Beightol to give the Colonials a 3-2 advantage.
The Tigers regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning off of Colonial's starter J.T. Wauford, but would go cold from the plate for the rest of the afternoon. Wauford earned his first win of the season after allowing four runs (three earned) on just four hits with one strikeout in six innings of work.
The Colonials opened the top of the seventh inning with back-to-back doubles from Beightol and Hickey. Beightol started by roping a double down the left field line and Hickey followed suit with a ground-rule double to the left field corner to tie the game, 4-4. Oswald delivered what turned out to be the game-winning RBI with a single to center field to score Hickey and put the Colonials on top, 5-4.
Sophomore Colin Milon entered the game in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed just two hits in three innings with three strikeouts to earn his first career save.
The Colonials added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to clinch the victory. In the eighth, Hickey delivered a RBI single and junior Tyler McCarthy added a sacrifice fly to put GW ahead, 7-4. In the ninth, senior Jimmy Best added a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to push the lead to 8-4.
Hickey finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, while Murakami extended his current hit streak to seven games with two hits on the afternoon. Oswald finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and Bowers, hitting a team-best .353, finished with two hits and drew two walks.
The Colonials will return to action by opening a three-game series against District-rival Georgetown on Friday. All three games will be played at the Hoyas' Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md., as construction continues at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. GW will serve as the home team in Friday's contest with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
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