GW Baseball Outlasts Monmouth, 1-0
Colonials Use Strong Pitching to Win Series Opener Over Hawks
March 14, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - Sophomore Jacob Williams tossed seven shutout innings and senior Colin Milon nailed down his second save of the season as the George Washington baseball team defeated Monmouth, 1-0, in the series opener on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The victory gives GW (5-9) consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Williams did not allow a hit through the first three innings and twice escaped jams in the middle innings to keep the game tied at 0-0.
In the fifth inning, a fielding error and a base hit put runners on the corners with two outs, but Williams induced an inning-ending groundout to escape the threat.
The Greenwood, Del., native pitched his way out of trouble once again in the sixth inning when Monmouth (2-8) loaded the bases with no outs. Williams remained composed, getting the first out on a fielder's choice, which prevented a run from scoring, before getting a 5-2-3 double play to end the threat.
The Colonials scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Kevin Mahala and junior Ryan Xepoleas reached on consecutive singles to lead off the inning and a sacrifice bunt by freshman Joey Bartosic moved the runners up to second and third. Freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and Mahala slid under the tag at the plate to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.
A leadoff error and sacrifice bunt put a runner on second with one out for Monmouth in the top of the seventh, but Williams once again worked his way through the jam, getting a lineout and a foul out to end the inning.
Senior Luke Staub pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got one out in the ninth before Milon entered and got a game-ending double play to lock up the victory for the Colonials.
Mahala finished 2-for-3 with one run while Xepoleas was 2-for-4 with a double.
Senior Aaron Weisberg will get the start against Monmouth in Game 2 on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Barcroft Park.